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 »
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 »
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 »
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ZACHARY - City leaders want to consider changing an outdated law that allows guns to be fired anywhere in city limits.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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
June 12, 2013 10:39 PM
BATON ROUGE- City leaders removed an agenda item from Wednesday's Metro Council meeting that would have restricted how long a dog could be tethered.
Councilman John Delgado pulled the ordinance and did not say if he would add it to an agenda later.
The law would have made... more »
June 10, 2013 8:49 PM
PORT ALLEN- An attorney has agreed to file an injunction on behalf of the city council, upset with the mayor for blocking city employees from city bank accounts.
Recently, Mayor Deedy Slaughter banned CFO Audrey McCain from accessing bank accounts and signing city checks. Slaughter also forbid city payroll... more »
June 10, 2013 4:50 PM
PORT ALLEN - Two Port Allen City Council members met with an attorney today in hopes of getting a judge to block Mayor Deedy Slaughter's latest actions.
It comes on the same day that City Attorney Victor Woods' resignation became public.
Woods told News 2 he's stepping down... more »
May 30, 2013 11:16 AM
AMITE - The Tangipahoa Parish Council plans to appoint an 11-member committee to study a proposal for limiting council members' terms. The committee would be able to discuss other potential changes to the parish's home rule charter as well, according to The Hammond Daily Star. Councilman Harry Lavine brought up... more »
May 7, 2013 10:19 PM
AMITE- A town councilman faces charges after getting into a fight with a citizen after the town council meeting Tuesday night.
Police said Jonathan Foster faces aggravated battery charges. A citizen was also charged in connection with the fight.
Police Chief Jerry Trabona said both men were booked... more »
April 24, 2013 10:30 PM
BATON ROUGE - For years, animal activists have called tethering dogs cruelty, and Wednesday East Baton Rouge council members introduced an ordinance that would make it illegal.
"That dog is a natural social animal that wants to get out, and when you keep it on that tether, it doesn't... more »
April 10, 2013 8:37 AM
BAKER - The Baker City Council has approved a bid for a project in the works for more than 20 years to upgrade some of the city's natural gas pipelines. Mayor Harold Rideau says the city has been trying to secure funding since 1990 to upgrade some natural gas pipelines... more »
March 28, 2013 7:50 AM
DONALDSONVILLE - Council members have approved two line-item issues for next year's budget, both aimed at improving the city's image. One item will bring $780,000 in state funding to the city for use with its plan to renovate Donaldsonville's Mississippi riverfront. Mayor Leroy Sullivan Sr. said the funds were originally... more »
March 12, 2013 10:22 PM
CENTRAL - An ordinance proposed by city council would limit the amount of time peddlers, solicitors and canvassers can go from door-to-door in the City of Central.
Things got heated at a council meeting Tuesday night, where the ordinance was deferred after a number of questions were raised regarding... more »
March 12, 2013 9:42 PM
BATON ROUGE- Wednesday, city leaders could make a historic change and allow 24-hour liquor sales.
The sales would only be allowed on riverboat casinos, if Metro Council approves the change.
Currently, city laws don't allow sales after 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday and midnight Sunday.
Among other... more »
February 6, 2013 6:48 AM
HAMMOND - The Hammond City Council has agreed to buy and renovate the former Hancock Bank Building for use as the Police Department's new headquarters. Mayor Mayson Foster asked the council Tuesday to approve necessary fiscal moves to ensure state funding would be available for the project. The state awarded... more »
January 25, 2013 9:27 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans City Council has approved plans for a new shopping center.
The Magnolia Marketplace will be a two-level mall where most of the stores will face an elevated, open-air parking deck.
Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell urged the council on Thursday removed many of the... more »
December 26, 2012 6:38 AM
BATON ROUGE - Two East Baton Rouge Metro Councilwomen said they intend to place back on the council's agenda the proposed $6 million buyout plan for Scotlandville residents living next to a foul-smelling sewage treatment plant.
The proposed deal to relocate 44 Scotlandville families and build a buffer zone... more »
December 12, 2012 1:32 PM
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council is condemning North Korea's successful rocket launch. The U.N.'s most powerful body said in a brief statement after closed consultations Wednesday that the launch violated a 2009 Security Council resolution banning "any launch using ballistic missile technology." The council said that after the... more »
December 7, 2012 2:57 PM
LIVINGSTON- The Livingston Parish Council has approved a budget of more than $41 million for the coming year. The passage of the budget came Thursday night after the council approved a number of amendments to the administration's proposal at the beginning of the meeting. The general fund portion of the... more »
October 24, 2012 5:53 PM
BATON ROUGE - Metro council members approved an ordinance tonight allowing bars to stay open from 11 a.m. until midnight on Sundays.
The ordinance passed 8-3, with Council members Ronnie Edwards, Tara Wicker and Mike Walker voting against it. Council members Trae Welch, Ulysses Addison, Chandler Loupe, Scott Wilson,... more »
October 24, 2012 5:06 PM
BATON ROUGE - Tonight's Metro Council meeting in East Baton Rouge Parish opened with a council member pulling his ordinance to extend bar hours to 4 a.m.
Ulysses "Bones" Addison said the parish attorney's office had asked him to delete the item, which had drawn a number of public... more »
October 23, 2012 10:21 AM
GONZALES - Ascension Parish Council members will vote next month on a proposed $124 million budget for 2013.
The estimated total is slightly lower than the original $125.8 million figure adopted last year for the 2012 fiscal year budget.
The proposal includes total operating budget revenues of about... more »
October 17, 2012 7:06 AM
HAMMOND - Police Chief Roddy Devall asked the Hammond City Council to consider rewriting its ordinances regarding the sale of liquor in businesses that are primarily designated as restaurants.
Devall's comments came Tuesday as the council was considering its annual approval of High and Low Alcohol Permits for the... more »
September 28, 2012 10:10 AM
DONALDSONVILLE - The Donaldsonville City Council has approved a plan that would give municipal employees a pay raise for the first time in five years.
However, councilmen altered a proposed plan by the city administration to do so, choosing a merit-based system rather than an across-the-board increase.
Finance... more »
September 21, 2012 8:56 AM
GONZALES - The Ascension Parish Council has approved revising an incentive proposal for a $300 million chemical facility set to locate in the parish.
Canadian mineral development company Avalon Rare Metals Inc. announced last month its intention to build a 150-acre rare earth elements separation refinery in Geismar. Construction... more »
September 19, 2012 7:08 AM
PLAQUEMINE - The Iberville Parish Council has unanimously abolished Waterworks District No. 2, placing day-to-day water service operations for east Iberville residents under the jurisdiction of the parish Utility Department.
Council Chairman Matt Jewell says the parish will have to absorb the water district's outstanding debt, now amounting to... more »
August 23, 2012 5:45 PM
LIVINGSTON- The Livingston Parish Council is scheduled to vote tonight on creating a toll authority for the Livingston Ascension Throughway.
The project would provide drivers with an alternate route between Airline Highway and Interstate 12.
Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks is optimistic the council will back the plan.... more »
August 14, 2012 10:12 AM
AMITE - The Tangipahoa Parish Council voted unanimously to award a $4.8 million contract to Bertucci Contracting Co. of Metairie to construct a stone breakwater designed to halt coastal erosion in the extreme northwestern corner of Lake Pontchartrain.
Parish engineer Maurice Jordan says a 10,000-linear-foot wall can be constructed... more »
August 9, 2012 7:36 AM
PORT ALLEN - The Port Allen City Council has approved slight adjustments to two of the city's millage rates in response to declining property values.
The council unanimously adopted a resolution setting the millage rate for its general fund at 7.67 mills and 5.48 mills for tax revenue allocated... more »
July 23, 2012 9:52 PM
AMITE- The Tangipahoa Parish Council plans to appeal a decision to close two railroad crossings.
The state wants to shutdown Capace Lane and Reverend White Road. Because people have died in train collisions, the crossings are deemed dangerous.
The state says closing the crossings will save lives, but... more »
July 6, 2012 6:31 AM
DONALDSONVILLE - The Ascension Parish Council has postponed a vote to put proposed taxes and fees on the election ballot until later this month.
The move likely ensures the items would not go before voters on Nov. 6 with a proposed parish half-cent sales tax for road improvements.
... more »
June 11, 2012 4:57 PM
AMITE- Tangipahoa Parish leaders will discuss a plan by the Department of Transportation and Development to close three railroad crossings in the parish.
Some of the crossings have been the scene of train accidents were a number of people have died. Most recently, four juveniles and an unborn child... more »
May 25, 2012 5:43 PM
BATON ROUGE- The Livingston Parish Council called for an investigation into e-mails deleted by a former council employee.
Mary Kistler resigned from the council last year and took a job as an assistant to Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks. Kistler contacted a computer contractor to help erase files, and... more »
May 18, 2012 3:08 PM
LUBBOCK, Texas - A winner has been chosen by a coin toss in a Texas city council election. Bruce MacNair won Friday's flip that decided the race between him and Bryan Studer. The two had agreed to have a coin toss decide the contest for a seat on the Wolfforth... more »