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  • Kids brave hot temperatures, clean up Gardere area

    August 8, 2015 8:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Dozens of kids braved the heat today to clean up the Gardere-area. Jalen Lands is 12 and says he's happy to see others care about the community as much as he does. "It feels good knowing they want to pick up instead of just leaving trash on... more »
  • Lawmakers want jail time for illegal daycares check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 3, 2015 7:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some state lawmakers want individuals operating illegal daycares to face jail time. Currently a daycare operating without a state license can be fined $1000 a day, but there are no criminal penalties on the books for the offenders. The issue came to a head in June when... more »
  • Agents patrolling on the busiest boating day check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 25, 2015 7:11 PM

    MAUREPAS - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents said they are on high alert as Memorial Day kicks off the start of boating season. Despite the turbulent weather a number of people were out on the water in the Maurepas area. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and... more »
  • Saints' Graham expects to be game-day decision

    October 17, 2014 3:06 PM

    METAIRIE- Saints tight end Jimmy Graham says he expects his playing status in Detroit to be decided by coach Sean Payton on Sunday, shortly before the game. Graham has returned to practice on a limited basis this week despite a shoulder injury that knocked him out of New Orleans' Week... more »
  • Flags placed at fallen soldiers graves check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 24, 2014 5:46 PM

    ZACHARY- Hundreds of people showed up at the Port Hudson National Cemetery to pay respects to the fallen soldiers that rest there. Boy Scouts along with the Daughters of the American Revolution were among the groups who attended, placing flags near the headstones of each of the soldiers ... more »
  • Students swarm LSU for move-in day check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 22, 2013 5:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Around 2,500 students lugged bags, suitcases, and furniture onto the LSU campus today for the official on-campus move-in. The university said most of those students are freshmen, and 700 volunteers including student-athletes are on hand to help them get settled. "We're getting them introduced to... more »
  • Hearing delayed for Mother's Day shooting suspect

    June 20, 2013 11:37 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A hearing for one of two suspects arrested after gunfire during a neighborhood parade in New Orleans left 20 people hurt in May has been delayed. Twenty-four-year-old Shawn Scott was set for what court records call a preliminary hearing in magistrate court Thursday morning. Shawn Scott and... more »
  • BRPD: Man wanted for robbing bank

    June 4, 2013 7:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge police are looking for a man accused of robbing the Fidelity Savings Bank on Corporate Boulevard this afternoon. Detectives said the suspect walked into the bank and passed a note to the teller demanding the money. Police say the suspect fled on foot... more »
  • Suspect faces 20 charges in Mother's Day shooting

    May 16, 2013 9:07 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Jail records show that the suspect in a Mother's Day parade shooting that wounded 19 people faces 20 charges of attempted second-degree murder. Nineteen-year-old Akein Scott was arrested Wednesday night in the Little Woods section of New Orleans. He was already facing a gun and drug possession charge... more »
  • School leaders to talk about four-day school week

    April 18, 2013 9:48 PM

    CLINTON- School system leaders in East Feliciana Parish are considering a four-day school week. Monday, it will be discussed at a special board meeting. Earlier this month, voters said no to a property tax that would have funded system improvements. In October, Superintendent Henderson Lewis Jr. warned... more »
  • Te'o lowers his 40 time at Notre Dame pro day

    March 26, 2013 3:55 PM

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Manti Te'o ran a little better on his home field than he did at the NFL combine, lowering his 40-yard time by more than a tenth of a second during Notre Dame's pro day. The Heisman Trophy runner-up posted a best time of 4.69 on Tuesday,... more »
  • Statue of Liberty to reopen by Independence Day

    March 19, 2013 3:04 PM

    NEW YORK- The Statue of Liberty is scheduled to reopen by Independence Day, about eight months after it was closed because of Superstorm Sandy, that's according to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. The statue itself was spared damage from the late October storm, but Liberty Island, where the statue... more »
  • Parades, community service on King day in La.

    January 21, 2013 4:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Parades, speeches, prayer and community service marked the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday around Louisiana. In Baton Rouge people painted homes and cleaned school campuses as part of a day of service organized by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Many marchers held pictures of King as... more »
  • Inauguration Day marks rare intersection with King

    January 18, 2013 10:26 AM

    ATLANTA - This year, the memory of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the life of President Barack Obama will overlap significantly for a day. For only the second time, the presidential inauguration falls on the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Some King commemorations are being shuffled while... more »
  • MLK events around the area

    January 17, 2013 3:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Here are a list of local MLK events going on around the area. If you'd like your event listed, submit it on our Community Calendar or email News@WBRZ.com. Jan. 21: The West Baton Rouge Museum will be open in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.... more »
  • Group calls for 'Gun Appreciation Day'

    January 7, 2013 9:45 PM

    WASHINGTON, D.C.- A group of gun rights activists are planning a "Gun Appreciation Day" for mid-January. "The Obama administration has shown that it is more than willing to trample the Constitution to impose its dictates upon the American people," said Gun Appreciation Day chairman Larry Ward, president of Political... more »
  • Recycle your electronics with WBRZ

    December 17, 2012 10:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE - WBRZ-TV Channel 2, for the fifth year in a row, is teaming up with the Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council for our "Recycle Your Electronics Day." The event will take place Friday, January 11, 2013, from 5:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. in front of Conn's Appliances... more »
  • Owners picking up after furniture warehouse fire

    November 23, 2012 1:07 PM

    CARENCRO - A Thanksgiving Day fire leveled a furniture warehouse in Carencro. The fire was reported around 8 a.m. at the warehouse for "All Wood Furniture." Carencro Fire Chief Oren Haydel said it took about 45 minutes for area firefighters to get the blaze under control. No injuries were reported.... more »
  • Prosecutor: Children left at day care were doomed

    November 19, 2012 1:28 PM

    HOUSTON - A prosecutor tells jurors a Texas woman doomed the children in her home day care when she left them alone to go shopping before a deadly fire broke out. Jurors in Houston began deliberating the sentence of Jessica Tata after closing arguments in her trial's punishment phase Monday.... more »
  • Man accused of robbing bank on election day

    November 6, 2012 7:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police arrested a man they said robbed a bank in downtown Baton Rouge today. Cpl. L'Jean McKneely said officers arrested Karl Shelvin, 29, of Opelousas shortly after the robbery around 2:22 p.m. today. McKneely said Shelvin went into the State Bank and Trust at 665... more »
  • Green Day cancels New Orleans performance

    October 9, 2012 2:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Grammy-winning rock band Green Day has canceled its upcoming performance in New Orleans. The band was scheduled to headline the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience at City Park on Oct. 27 but a spokesman for the group said Tuesday the performance has been canceled. The announcement... more »
  • Columbus Day Festa check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 5, 2012 5:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The American Italian Association will have its annual Columbus Day Festa this Sunday. The free event will have demonstrations, Italian speaking classes, Italian food, fun and culture. It will also feature a five team grape stomping competition. The team with the most crowd support will... more »
  • Some LSU students move into renovated dorms early check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 15, 2012 4:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - While workers put the finishing touches on East Laville Hall today, some LSU students got an early start on moving in. More than 600 students will call the renovated dorm home this fall. Official LSU move-in day is set for tomorrow, but some students in the... more »
  • Cajun football gets underway with UL reporting day

    August 1, 2012 10:49 AM

    LAFAYETTE - The 2012 football season will officially get underway on Wednesday when second-year UL head coach Mark Hudspeth welcomes 105 student-athletes back to campus for the start of preseason practice. After checking into the dormitories in the morning, the annual team photo will be taken in the afternoon... more »
  • 105 LSU football players expected on reporting day

    August 1, 2012 10:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The LSU football team reports to campus on Wednesday with its first practice scheduled for the following day as the Tigers begin their eighth season under head coach Les Miles. The Tigers are expected to welcome 105 players to preseason camp Wednesday. Included in that group... more »
  • LSU fan day set for August 11

    July 27, 2012 2:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE- LSU's annual football fan day will be Aug. 11 at the Maravich Assembly Center and Carl Maddox Field House on the LSU campus. Activities start at 3 p.m. and run until 6. The football team will sign autographs from 4 to 6 p.m. Head coach Les Miles, the... more »
  • Tigers take spotlight at SEC Media Day

    July 18, 2012 10:00 AM

    HOOVER, Ala. - SEC Media Days continue in Hoover, Alabama with six teams on deck to speak to the media. Les Miles and his LSU Tigers will headline the second day in front of the throngs of media and certainly the debacle in the BCS National Championship game will... more »
  • Obama thanks military at July Fourth celebration

    July 4, 2012 6:23 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is marking the Fourth of July by thanking service members and their families, who he said "represent what is best in America." The president, accompanied by first lady Michelle Obama, hosted a barbecue and concert Wednesday for the families on the White House South Lawn.... more »
  • Baking with red, white and blue check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 4, 2012 6:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Celebrate Independence Day with red, white and blue desserts. Fairy Dust Cakes from Denham Springs shared baking and cake decorating tips with WBRZ anchor Rosa Flores. Check out more from Fairy Dust Cakes by visiting their Facebook page . more »
  • False River celebrates freedom with boats, water balloons

    July 4, 2012 5:55 PM

    NEW ROADS- The False River Boat Parade drew hundreds to the oxbow lake to celebrate Independence Day with friends and family. The traditional celebration's theme for this year was 'Save Our Saints,' something that had people decorating their piers and boats with 'Bounty-Gate' references. "I just decided to... more »
  • Les Miles will spend day at ESPN

    June 19, 2012 10:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU football coach Les Miles will preview the 2012 season on multiple ESPN platforms today. Miles will make an early appearance on SportsCenter before hitting the radio airwaves. LSU went 13-1 last fall, claiming the SEC Championship, before falling in the BCS National Championship. ... more »
  • Last day to pay off fines before BR jail opens

    June 15, 2012 9:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Today is the last day people in Baton Rouge can pay off misdemeanor fines and outstanding tickets before the city jail re-opens, and people who haven't could be arrested. Starting Monday, people found with outstanding misdemeanor warrants could wind up behind bars as part of an... more »
  • Busy day for firefighters along I-10

    June 7, 2012 1:32 PM

    WHISKEY BAY - Volunteer firefighters along I-10 in Iberville Parish said today has been the busiest day of the year for them so far. Chief Walter Bagot and the Blue Bayou Volunteer Fire Department responded to a large grass fire this afternoon at an exit off I-10 at the... more »
  • LDWF patrols waterways for holiday safety check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 28, 2012 5:29 PM

    NEW ROADS - Wildlife and Fisheries agents spent Memorial Day enforcing boating laws. During routine boat checks, agents asked boaters to see sufficient life jackets, a fire extinguisher and the boat's registration. Last year, LDWF arrested more than 100 people for driving boats while intoxicated. more »
  • Voting set to begin on CATS tax issue

    April 20, 2012 10:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Voting day is tomorrow in parishes across Louisiana. More than 100 tax proposals and renewals, as well as bond initiatives will be decided by voters. A 10-year, 10.6-mill property tax proposal to serve as a dedicated funding source for the struggling Capital Area Transit System one... more »
  • Saturday the last day to vote early

    April 13, 2012 10:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Saturday is the last day of early voting for the April 21 election, which in East Baton Rouge Parish includes the Capital Area Transit System property tax proposal. Residents in the city limits of Baton Rouge, Baker and Zachary can vote on the CATS tax proposal.... more »
  • Mom finds 3 people murdered at day care

    April 9, 2012 6:23 PM

    BROOKLYN PARK - Police say a mother who takes her toddler to a home day care in Minnesota discovered three adults shot to death inside. Police in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Park gave new details of the triple slaying early Monday morning. Spokesman Todd Milburn says the woman had... more »
  • Hancock launches International Jazz Day

    March 20, 2012 6:55 AM

    NEW YORK - Ambassador Herbie Hancock believes what the world needs is a little jazz diplomacy. The renowned jazz pianist's first major initiative since being named a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador last July is to establish International Jazz Day to be held on April 30 of every year. This... more »
  • Air conditioner trouble shuts school for a day

    March 16, 2012 5:26 AM

    CLINTON- Air conditioner trouble sent some classes outdoors at East Feliciana Middle School. School district official Knight Roddy says the middle school in Clinton will be closed Friday while mechanics work on the problem. All other East Feliciana Parish schools remain open. The School Board was already... more »
  • Tigers take hit on National Signing Day check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 1, 2012 2:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - National Signing Day has been a mixed bag of results for the LSU Tiger football program, as they've filled needs on their roster, however missed out on some of the top talent in the state. The Tigers, who plan to take 25 commitments, have signed 22... more »
  • 1897 N.O. school begins 2-day move

    November 17, 2011 2:14 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A two-story school built in 1897 has begun a two-day, 300-yard trip across the site of a planned state hospital in New Orleans. Officials originally planned to demolish the McDonogh No. 11 School, but agreed to move it at the city's request. Orleans Shoring... more »
  • LSU gets night game for homecoming

    October 31, 2011 11:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE - After a season filled with daytime kickoffs, LSU's homecoming at least will be a Saturday night in Death Valley. The Southeastern Conference announced Monday that the Tigers' Nov. 12 game against Western Kentucky will kick off at 6 p.m. on ESPNU. The LSU men's basketball... more »
  • "Rainy Day" fund lawsuit resumes after defeat

    October 25, 2011 2:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - The defeat of a constitutional amendment that would change the repayment rules of Louisiana's "rainy day" fund restarts a lawsuit that had been on hold pending the outcome of Saturday's election. The lawsuit has possible multi-million dollar implications on the state budget. Filed last... more »
  • Qualifying for Oct. 22 election reaches final day

    September 8, 2011 2:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Republican former U.S. Rep. Anh "Joseph" Cao (GOW) has officially gotten into the attorney general's race, hoping to unseat GOP incumbent Buddy Caldwell. Cao served one term in Congress, representing the New Orleans area, before losing the seat to a Democrat. Caldwell has been... more »
  • School Zone Safety

    August 10, 2011 6:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - School officials,and Baton Rouge police want you to slow down. School zone speed limits are in effect. Police will be shooting radar throughout the city cracking down on speeders. This morning, at least ten tickets were issued in one school zone. School zone times... more »
  • Gonzales continues Jambalaya festival into weekend

    May 27, 2011 2:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gonzales' holiday weekend celebration of one of South Louisiana's favorite food's continues into this weekend. The 45-year-old Jambalaya Festival will feature music, rides, and a fierce competition to crown the World Champion of Jambalaya cooking. To learn more about the Jambalaya Festival you can view... more »
  • Opening day delayed for Pinnacle's new BR casino

    February 24, 2011 2:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Low Mississippi River levels have forced a delay in the planned opening of Pinnacle Entertainment Inc.'s new $357 million Baton Rouge casino and hotel from the end of this year to the first quarter of 2012. Pinnacle said Thursday the company has been unable to... more »
  • Louisiana shelters fill, strawberry farmers worry

    February 10, 2011 2:55 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Homeless shelters filled while farmers worried about meeting the Valentine's Day demand for chocolate-dipped strawberries as an arctic blast of cold air covered Louisiana. The National Weather Service says it probably will be the winter's last really cold spell for Louisiana, where temperatures should be into the... more »

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