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  • 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 »
  • Council wants to close revolving door at police dept. Play Video

    July 9, 2014 9:33 PM

    PORT ALLEN - The Port Allen City Council proposed an ordinance Wednesday night to crack down on police department patrol officers who quit the force shortly after being hired. "The revolving door kind of employment thing we've been having with the police department is a concern," said Councilman Hugh... more »
  • Livingston's uneasy future because of Gustav debris Play Video

    July 2, 2014 10:30 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Parish leaders are not sure what the future holds dealing with handling Gustav debris cleanup since arbitrators ruled in FEMA's favor. Following a week-long hearing in May, the group released Monday the federal government should not cover $59 million in costs related to the 2008 storm. The... more »
  • Gonzales recall breaks halfway mark Play Video

    June 26, 2014 6:03 PM

    GONZALES - The effort to recall two Gonzales city councilmen passed the halfway mark recently as supporters continue to search for signatures. The Save Gonzales campaign needs 2,145 signatures to trigger a recall election for both Gary Lacombe and Timothy Vessel. The group started going door to door early... more »
  • Sewer system comes with cost Play Video

    June 24, 2014 6:13 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - A sewer system that will create a state of the art way to treat waste in Ascension Parish is under construction. The main trunk line went in today on Highway 73 while crews continue road work. The sewer system will help keep Ascension water clean. "The... more »
  • Council moves forward with Ascension recreation tax

    June 19, 2014 10:21 PM

    ASCENSION PARISH - Council members voted 7-2 Thursday night to add a 5 mill property tax to the November ballot that, if approved by voters, would fund recreational improvements in Ascension Parish. A team of people called "Better Recreation Now" presented their project for at $30 million dollar plan... more »
  • Livingston Parish adopts priority road list Play Video

    June 12, 2014 10:38 PM

    LIVINGSTON PARISH - A list of 61 roads, or sections of roads, are on a list ready for redevelopment after a meeting Thursday night where the Livingston Parish Council adopted a priority road list. The first half of this list, 29 roads, are already funded and will cost the... more »
  • Baker council closes tap on water, sewer rate increases

    June 10, 2014 8:49 PM

    BAKER- City leaders refused to increase water and sewer rates at a meeting Tuesday evening. The mayor said the most expensive increase would barely double rates but not everyone would see an increase that high. Water rates would increase between $6 and $8, sewer rates would raise bills about... more »
  • Racial slurs fly at city council meeting Play Video

    June 4, 2014 10:26 PM

    AMITE - Tuesday evening's council meeting in Amite included racial slurs and finger pointing by Councilman Jonathan Foster. In an audio clip recorded by our news partner in Tangipahoa Parish, ActionNews17.com , Councilman Foster uses a racial slur to describe his fellow black council members, Emanuel Zanders and Arthur... more »
  • Council defers decision on parish attorney's future

    May 28, 2014 11:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A hearing about the future of the parish attorney's job in East Baton Rouge quickly became fiery Wednesday when members of the Metro Council fired spicy comments at each other. "I"m trying to figure out what in the world, council members, are we doing," Councilwoman Tara Wicker... more »
  • Councilman asks for annexation extension Play Video

    May 13, 2014 6:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Councilman Buddy Amoroso will ask for an additional 30 days to consider the possible annexation of the Mall of Louisiana into the city. The move comes as the council prepares to vote on the annexation petition tomorrow at the Metro Council meeting. "We shouldn't rush... more »
  • Mall annexation map leaves surprising holes Play Video

    May 7, 2014 10:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The maps depicting the area proposed to be annexed into city limits had some questioning the methods used to annex the areas from Baton Rouge General Hospital to the Mall of Louisiana. The annexation leaves out four of the main stores in the mall, the anchor stores,... more »
  • Ag Dept. says campaign report filing broke the rules Play Video

    May 6, 2014 6:24 PM

    GONZALES- The Department of Agriculture and Forestry confirms that rules were broken when Catrina Irvin faxed campaign finance documents from her state-owned fax machine to the ethics commission. On at least two dates, Irvin faxed candidate's reports for both Terance Irvin and his fellow councilman Timothy Vessel. The... more »
  • Council approves attorney fees, despite recommendation Play Video

    May 2, 2014 6:38 PM

    GONZALES - A vote to pay attorney fees to a company following a lawsuit with Gonzales is raising some eyebrows. The issue stems back to a lawsuit with a contractor who was hired to build the spray pad at Jambalaya Park in Gonzales. The city stopped paying Quality Design... more »
  • Councilman raises conflict of interest questions Play Video

    April 30, 2014 6:31 PM

    GONZALES- After a trio of councilmen forced changes to the city's budget to fund an $800,000 road study, some questions are being raised as to whether or not Terance Irvin has a conflict of interest in the vote. The study would look at a possible service road connecting LA... more »
  • Lee takes reigns of Port Allen

    April 15, 2014 11:52 PM

    PORT ALLEN- The city's newest mayor was sworn in Tuesday evening. Richard Lee was elected in a special election earlier this month to fill Deedy Slaughter's term after she was recalled at the end of 2013. Slaughter ran for the seat and lost to Lee. Lee took the... more »
  • Gonzales council approves zoning permit for company Play Video

    March 17, 2014 9:36 PM

    GONZALES- After a zoning vote that would keep one electric company out of the city, the Gonzales council approved a special zoning permit for Summit Electric Supply to build a new facility on LA 44. The company was seeking the special permit on the plot of land already zoned... more »
  • Port Allen fixes previous mayor, council issues

    March 12, 2014 10:32 PM

    PORT ALLEN- City leaders made changes to how city government operates in the wake of a debacle involving former mayor Deedy Slaughter. Wednesday night, the city council approved a clarification about who is a city department head. While she was mayor, Slaughter often debated with some members of the... more »
  • Red light cameras could require voter approval Play Video

    March 5, 2014 9:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A state representative wants to bring red light cameras to a public vote. Rep. Jeff Arnold of New Orleans says this is his third attempt to require voter approval prior to the imposition of civil fines for violations captured by automated traffic enforcement systems, like red... more »
  • Central councilman gets thumbs-up to run Play Video

    February 25, 2014 5:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A judge decided that Ralph Washington is still eligible to run for Central City Council, despite a mistake on his candidacy form that claimed he didn't have any ethics fines. Washington did owe $700 to the Ethics Commission for previous late filings, but had requested a waiver... more »
  • After public dispute, council narrowly approves rezoning 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 »
  • Officials consider change to Zachary gun law Play Video

    February 18, 2014 10:32 PM

    ZACHARY - City leaders want to consider changing an outdated law that allows guns to be fired anywhere in city limits. The ordinance was intended for rural areas before the city began to expand. After a couple of complaints about gunshot noises, the council and mayor are considering... more »
  • Some of the worst roads could be repaired in weeks

    February 17, 2014 10:59 PM

    LIVINGSTON- After months of deadlock, the parish council and parish president in Livingston Parish agreed on hiring a road engineer to prioritize roads that need to be resurfaced and leaders will begin meeting with the engineer this week. First, Layton Ricks will meet with the agency hired to make... more »
  • People tired of swiss cheese-like roads Play Video

    February 13, 2014 9:54 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS- A series of potholes and broken roads in the South Point subdivision has several residents pleading for a fix. The road, pointed out by WBRZ News 2 as one of the worst two years ago , is still in disrepair, getting only simple patches to fill the... more »
  • More transparency for Port Allen

    February 12, 2014 10:11 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Council members in Port Allen voted on a new law Wednesday that will bring more transparency to city government. The new ordinance requires two signatures on every check. Before, the city only required one signature and it was from the mayor. People say adding another name... more »
  • Port Allen looking to pass new laws Play Video

    February 5, 2014 5:21 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Port Allen council members plan to discuss two new ordinances that would add transparency with the future mayor of the city. This comes after former mayor Dee Dee Slaughter was recalled in November. Council members say they want clearer laws when it comes to city... more »
  • Still no insurance after Sorrento meeting Play Video

    February 4, 2014 10:28 PM

    SORRENTO - The Sorrento City Council tabled two insurance quote offers that would insure the police department Tuesday night. The Sorrento Police Department was dissolved after it lost coverage in November. The chief and assistant are still patrolling the town and answering calls during the day, while the sheriff's... more »
  • Sorrento gets additional insurance quote Play Video

    February 3, 2014 6:05 PM

    SORRENTO - The Sorrento town council has an additional insurance quote to consider ahead of their Feb. 4 council meeting. The quote, which was discussed briefly at the previous council meeting, offers liability insurance for the chief of police and his assistant for a premium of about $45,000 per... more »
  • No chief, no decision on insurance in Sorrento Play Video

    January 21, 2014 10:25 PM

    SORRENTO- The Chief of Police was absent from the council meeting Tuesday as his assistant presented the quote for liability insurance to town leaders. The quote, which was offered by a high risk insurer, wasn't complete enough for the council to make a decision, so it decided to table... more »
  • Port Allen budget finally approved Play Video

    January 8, 2014 10:32 PM

    PORT ALLEN - A unanimous vote adopted a 2013-2014 city operating budget Wednesday night in Port Allen, nearly six months after it was supposed to go into effect. "It's a good feeling, everybody worked together to get this done," said appointed Mayor Lynn Robertson. "Of course, it's something that... more »
  • Livingston council considering veto override

    December 30, 2013 11:23 AM

    LIVINGSTON - Members of the Livingston Parish Council are considering an override of a budget veto by Parish President Layton Ricks. Ricks vetoed the budget on December 19, saying it didn't contain tax money dedicated to road work and other projects. Ricks says he will operate under the... more »
  • APPROVED! Ascension balloon festival slated for parish takeover Play Video

    December 19, 2013 5:54 PM

    GONZALES- The Ascension Parish council approved a move to take over the balloon festival for the 2014 year and provide money from Lamar Dixon's marketing budget to cover losses from the 2013 festival. The council agreed to move $100,000 from Lamar Dixon to cover a portion of the nearly... more »
  • Walmart will compete with local market Play Video

    December 19, 2013 5:19 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Residents have mixed emotions about the location of a possible new Walmart Neighborhood Market. Walmart is looking to build on a piece of property at the corner of Vincent Road and Pete's Highway. That's right down the street from the family run store, Carter's Supermarket. ... more »
  • Livingston Parish made a deal!

    December 17, 2013 10:28 PM

    LIVINGSTON- An olive branch has apparently been extended among feuding parish leaders in Livingston Parish. Leaders, upset over roads, have been at odds over hiring a contractor to do repairs. Parish council members were upset the parish president hired a firm without their consultation. After a discussion, the... more »
  • Still not singing Kumbayah

    December 5, 2013 11:06 PM

    LIVINGSTON- The first meeting of peacemakers didn't do enough to settle issues among leaders in Livingston Parish, it appears. The drama, shouting, and hollering returned to Thursday night's council meeting a day after a special commission met for the first time to address such issues. The council and... more »
  • Ousted mayor's chair empty at Port Allen council meeting

    December 4, 2013 10:02 PM

    PORT ALLEN - The city council met for the first time without ousted mayor Deedy Slaughter Wednesday night. It was a committee meeting of the council and was held to discuss upcoming council items. But, leaders made a point to address concerns with the situation in city government. ... more »
  • Special group will address why 'they' can't all get along Play Video

    December 3, 2013 9:45 PM

    LIVINGSTON - The Livingston Parish Council has created a commission in an effort to stop the bickering with the parish president. The commission will make suggested changes to the parish's home rule charter. "What we are doing is hopefully they are bringing some amendments that will be clear... more »
  • Movies, popcorn and beer in Baton Rouge

    December 2, 2013 10:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE- City leaders will be asked to decide if at least one movie theater should be allowed to sell alcohol. Wednesday, the Metro Council's planning and zoning board will vote on a rezoning request by the AMC movie theater near the Mall of Louisiana. The theater wants to... more »
  • Battle lines drawn over Livingston Parish budget

    December 2, 2013 9:45 AM

    LIVINGSTON, La. - The stage is set for a showdown among Livingston Parish officials over spending when the Parish Council considers adopting a 2014 budget on Thursday The chairmen of the council and its finance committee said amendments to the administration's proposed budget likely will be numerous, though neither would... more »
  • Sorrento Mayor lashes out, citizen wants recall Play Video

    November 18, 2013 5:41 PM

    SORRENTO- Mayor Mike Lambert caused a scene at a special town council meeting when he erupted in front of the public and began yelling at the audience. During the meeting, he lashed out a police employee, telling her to "Keep your mouth shut!" while pointing into the audience. He... more »
  • Port Allen council to address budget issue

    November 18, 2013 7:39 AM

    PORT ALLEN - Council members agreed that one of their first priorities in the wake of Mayor Deedy Slaughter's recall is to take another stab at adopting a 2013-14 budget before city departments run out of money. In Saturday's election, 57 percent of Port Allen voters supported a grass... more »
  • Council: No insurance, no police department Play Video

    November 5, 2013 10:29 PM

    SORRENTO - Mayor Mike Lambert says it's up to an insurance company to accept the risk of taking on the Sorrento Police Department. The town has two weeks to find viable insurance to back its police department before the current insurance will lapse the morning of Nov. 19. ... more »
  • Parish council approves tax, toll road

    October 17, 2013 10:21 PM

    GONZALES - The Ascension Parish Council approved a new tax to fund a parish juvenile detention center. In addition, a new study concerning a potential toll road is coming to Ascension. The new tax will add about 10-20 dollars per year to property taxes in the parish. Ascension is... more »
  • Still no budget in Port Allen Play Video

    October 9, 2013 10:35 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Mayor Deedy Slaughter and the Port Allen City Council met Wednesday night to discuss matters focusing on a new city budget. The $9.7 million budget is mimicked from a prior version written by the mayor. Changes made include adjustments to budgeting for capitol outlay, drainage and... more »
  • Residents to weigh in on Port Allen budget

    October 9, 2013 7:36 AM

    PORT ALLEN - City leaders in Port Allen expect to hear from the public Wednesday night during their council meeting on the proposed 2013-2014 budget. The city has operated on last year's budget since the fiscal year ended in June. Last week, council members voiced their concerns over... more »
  • Red light cameras on chopping block

    October 8, 2013 7:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The controversial cameras that watch over drivers in the Capital City could be on the way out. Metro council members will decide this week whether to renew the contract for the service, which expires at the end of the year. There are currently 25 cameras... more »
  • Road project list prioritizes projects around Juban Crossing

    October 2, 2013 10:36 PM

    LIVINGSTON- Leaders believe roads along I-12 must take priority when it comes to upgrading and rehabilitation so the parish can advance into the future. Wednesday, Parish President Layton Ricks affirmed Cook Road is at the top of a controversial list deciding which get work first. He was supposed to... more »
  • Port Allen leaders question mayor about budget plans Play Video

    October 2, 2013 9:34 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Mayor Deedy Slaughter lent a listening ear to the Port Allen City Council, who brought forth questions and concerns about the 2013-2014 budget. Wednesday night, the mayor spoke very little about the budget, but said there will be more discussion next week. Mayor Slaughter introduced... more »
  • Council: livestock must be fenced in Play Video

    September 17, 2013 10:13 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - The Iberville Parish Council voted Tuesday night to require all livestock owners to maintain a fence for their animals. The council and residents had a concern livestock was being left unattended for too long and able to roam free on roads and private property. "Horses, you... more »
  • EMS changes wanted in Gonzales Play Video

    September 9, 2013 5:27 PM

    GONZALES- The EMS service provided by the Gonzales Fire Department wants to out source its medical billing to save time and bring in more money. The service has been in place for seven years and doesn't charge Gonzales residents for ambulance care by recouping costs from insurance companies instead.... more »
  • Recall petition filed against Port Allen council member

    September 4, 2013 11:13 AM

    PORT ALLEN - Citizens of Port Allen filed a petition to recall a member of the city council today, one day after signatures to recall the city's mayor were filed with the state. Today's petition seeks the recall of R. J. Loupe, an at-large council member who also served... more »
  • People want their bumpy roads taken seriously Play Video

    August 29, 2013 9:44 PM

    WALKER - Livingston Parish council members are at odds about a parish wide overlay project to repaved neglected roads. "I feel like it was a stab in the back," councilman Chance Parent said at a recent meeting. He was caught off guard when parish president Layton Ricks contracted... more »
  • Zachary to borrow $5 million more for sewer work

    August 28, 2013 7:41 AM

    ZACHARY - The Zachary City Council has started the process of borrowing up to $5 million for continuing work on the municipal sewer system. According to the resolution adopted by the council Tuesday, the city would pay back the bonds over 22 years and borrow the money at an... more »
  • Livingston road meeting takes bumpy turn Play Video

    August 27, 2013 10:55 PM

    LIVINGSTON- A discussion among parish council members about repairing roads in Livingston Parish took a bumpy turn Tuesday night. Leaders became upset with each other over setting up requirements for engineers who will do work under the parish road plan. They also argued over who should hire engineers for... more »
  • Garbage rates to increase in Denham Springs

    August 27, 2013 7:41 AM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - The Denham Springs City Council has approved a small increase in monthly household rates for city garbage and recycling services. The rates will rise 34 cents from $18 per month to $18.34 per month and kick in Sunday. Allied Waste Services of Baton Rouge holds... more »
  • Council approves fares for Orleans ferries

    August 22, 2013 3:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - There soon will be no more free rides on the ferries that carry commuters and tourists across the Mississippi River at New Orleans. New Orleans' City Council voted Thursday to impose a $2 one-way fare for the vessels. Tolls on the nearby Crescent City Connection bridge once... more »
  • Salary, budget problems remain in Port Allen Play Video

    August 7, 2013 10:27 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Money talk in Port Allen made circles around the council and mayor, as they work to come to an agreement on drafting an ordinance about salaries. "So from this point on there won't be any question as to what that is," said councilman Garry Hubble. ... more »
  • Council kills Juban Crossing tax plan

    July 25, 2013 11:03 PM

    LIVINGSTON- Parish leaders could not agree on what to do about a tax-share plan for the Juban Crossing development. So, a plan to give a larger percentage of sales tax to the project died Thursday night. "The first time they got it, it was enough. Then, the second time... more »
  • City of Sulphur going paperless

    July 22, 2013 11:43 AM

    SULPHUR - City government in Sulphur is going paperless. Mayor Chris Duncan tells the Lake Charles American Press that the Sulphur City Council went paperless for the first time in its Monday meeting. The city's Land Use Commission had gone paperless in two meetings to test the concept. The city... more »
  • At tense meeting, board puts brakes on CATS changes

    July 16, 2013 5:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Feisty members of the CATS board vowed not to resign and urged people to stop harassing them about the controversial selection of an outside management firm that might be hired to run the bus system. Tuesday, the board was set to decide on selecting one from a... more »
  • City leaders plan CATS coup

    July 16, 2013 4:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE- City leaders, including the mayor, believe mismanagement at CATS is cause to have the entire board tossed to the curb. Councilman Chandler Loupe has submitted an agenda item for an upcoming Metro Council meeting to begin removing Isaiah Marshall from the CATS board. Loupe said in his... more »
  • No ordinance introduced for mayor's larger salary

    July 10, 2013 10:29 PM

    PORT ALLEN- The mayor did not get an ordinance introduced to set her pay at $85,000 at the city council meeting Wednesday night. Deedy Slaughter wants to be paid $20,000 more than what the council adjusted the mayor's salary to be prior to her becoming mayor. Then, the council... more »
  • Town curfew extended further, ACLU calls it unconstitutional Play Video

    July 10, 2013 9:55 PM

    CLINTON - Town leaders extended a measure to reduce crime even though some groups call it imprisonment of residents. "We looked at the numbers, and it's like 60 percent less crime," Clinton Police Chief Fredrick Dunn said. Dunn, the town's mayor and council agreed to put a curfew... more »
  • Feud over closed rail crossings goes to court Wednesday

    July 2, 2013 10:44 PM

    AMITE- Wednesday, the state will face-off with people upset some railroad crossings were closed in Tangipahoa Parish. A hearing is set for the crossings that were shuttered and destroyed in Independence, Velma, and Tangipahoa two weeks ago. Multiple people have died when vehicles collided with trains on the crossings.... more »
  • Sorrento gets new mayor Play Video

    July 2, 2013 6:02 PM

    SORRENTO - Mike Lambert will be sworn in as Sorrento's newest mayor tonight, alongside three new council people. It ends an era of former Mayor Wilson Longanecker, Jr., who caused controversy when he took extended leaves of absence and held executive sessions during council meetings. Now Lambert wants... more »

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