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  • Downtown bars prepping for big LSU weekend Play Video

    October 23, 2014 4:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Downtown Baton Rouge bar owners expect both LSU and Ole Miss fans to flood the city this weekend. The third ranked Ole Miss Rebels come into town to face LSU on national television. Tickets online are going for anywhere between $187-500 on StubHub . Andrew... more »
  • Harvest Festival on False River runs through Sunday Play Video

    October 17, 2014 6:16 PM

    NEW ROADS - There will be an ample supply of fall fun to be had and lovely weather conditions to go with it this weekend at the Fourth Annual Harvest Festival on False River. People were already turning out to the downtown area in droves as of our 5... more »
  • Plans for new downtown hotel announced

    October 13, 2014 2:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Capital City pushes closer to the goal of more than 1,000 hotel rooms downtown with Monday's announcement of a planned Courtyard Marriott hotel at 260 Third Street. Hotel developer Windsor Aughtry, representatives from the Downtown Development District, and hotel management company Hospitality America were on... more »
  • Flippin flapjacks with Downtown Kiwanis Play Video

    October 10, 2014 3:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - You can enjoy some delicious pancakes this weekend at the 65th annual Pancake Festival hosted by the Downtown Kiwanis Club of Baton Rouge. Breakfast will be served from 6:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Saturday at LSU's Maravich Assembly Center. You can get tickets for just $5.00... more »
  • Construction begins at Baton Rouge development

    September 20, 2014 11:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Work has started on the Onyx Residences, a $7 million mixed-use development in downtown Baton Rouge. The project is at corner of Third and Convention streets. The Onyx Residences will include 28 apartments on top of 5,600 square feet of commercial space. The apartments will range... more »
  • Drones to study parking in downtown Play Video

    August 28, 2014 7:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Drones will be used to study parking in downtown Baton Rouge during peak traffic hours. The drones will be buzzing around Thursday during the morning and afternoon rush times, as well as during lunch. A parking study has not been conducted since 2004. In the past... more »
  • BRPD urges safety ahead of July 4 festivities

    July 3, 2014 12:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Local law enforcement wants everyone to have a fun, but safe, Fourth of July and have some safety tips and information to make it happen. The big three safety concerns mentioned by BRPD Chief Carl Dabadie are fireworks, guns and drunk driving. Dabadie said officers will... more »
  • "Fantastic Four" turns BR into New York City Play Video

    June 21, 2014 5:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Filming for the "Fantastic Four" movie sequel has a few blocks of downtown Baton Rouge shut down and transformed into New York City. Street signs were replaced and iconic New York City items were added to Baton Rouge like phone booths and taxi cabs. By the... more »
  • BREC park in Old South Baton Rouge getting renovations

    June 15, 2014 4:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Construction is underway at the BREC Expressway Park located under Interstate 10 at the 110 split. Soon kids will have even more options to stay active. BREC is aiming for construction to finish in the fall. Kids in the area say they're looking forward to the... more »
  • Raising Cane's sign of Downtown development Play Video

    May 22, 2014 5:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Raising Cane's opened it's 19th restaurant in the Capital City area this morning to a crowd of people waiting for the craveable chicken. The first customers was lauded with applause by employees and awarded with a Cane's gift basket, but it's the presence of Cane's that strikes... more »
  • Cane's: We didn't hide downtown icon

    May 21, 2014 8:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Ahead of the highly-anticipated opening of a new downtown fast food chain, a restaurant group is distancing itself from a move to hide an icon on the roof of its new location. The historic Coca-Cola sign was abruptly covered Thursday, a representative with Raising Cane's said. "The... more »
  • Skaters, bicyclists ban at Baton Rouge parks

    April 10, 2014 6:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Skateboarders, roller skaters and bicyclists will have to park their wheels outside of downtown Baton Rouge's parks and green spaces. The Metro Council approved an ordinance Wednesday that keeps skaters and cyclists out of downtown parks in an effort to better preserve structures including benches, steps and... more »
  • Walk MS in Downtown Baton Rouge

    March 28, 2014 3:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An event to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis research will be in Downtown Baton Rouge this Saturday morning. "Walk MS" is hosted by the National MS Society. According to the society's website , the event has already raised more then $85,000 and has more then 700... more »
  • DPW: skateboarders are vandalizing downtown

    March 25, 2014 10:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The city says they're having a problem with skateboarders vandalizing property downtown. The Downtown Development District and the Department of Public Works says they plan to enforce an existing ordinance that prohibits skateboarding, bicycling, and roller skating on park structures. "When it comes to tricks... more »
  • Spanish Town Parade paints downtown pink

    March 1, 2014 4:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The 34th Spanish Town Parade rolled through downtown Baton Rouge Saturday painting the city pink. Parade-goers we spoke with today say the Spanish Town Parade is one to look forward to each year. "As a New Orleans native and growing up around Mardi Gras, I'm... more »
  • Water keeps senior citizens from returning home Play Video

    February 6, 2014 5:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senior citizens displaced by a fire will have to stay out for a second night, but not due to damage from the flames. A microwave caught fire on the fifth floor of Catholic Presbyterian Apartments late Wednesday night. The apartment's sprinkler system quickly extinguished the fire,... more »
  • Louisiana Marathon attracts thousands Play Video

    January 17, 2014 6:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - More than 6,000 runners will take over downtown Baton Rouge this weekend for the Louisiana Marathon. Organizers said the marathon attracts people from all 50 states and eight countries. There will be road closures along the route , which runs from downtown through LSU, down Claycut... more »
  • Man rescued from smoky, stuck elevator

    January 8, 2014 3:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A man had an experience he'd likely rather forget inside a downtown high-rise Wednesday. Emergency crews were called to the Chase Bank building on Laurel Street about a man being stuck in an elevator that was filling up with smoke. The man was trapped between the eight... more »
  • Firefighters battle massive downtown fire

    January 3, 2014 10:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Eyewitnesses said homeless people have been staying in a house that burst into flames, sending glowing fire and smoke into the cold night air Friday. For nearly an hour, crews battled the blaze and had to close some downtown streets, including St. Philip. Flames shot... more »
  • Security a priority for inaugural Red Stick Revelry

    December 31, 2013 9:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The first ever Red Stick Revelry in downtown is expected to bring crowds and more police patrols. "You will see more of a presence throughout the city, which includes the downtown," Baton Rouge Police Cpl. Don Coppola said. "You will see more police out." The... more »
  • Chef Scott Varnedoe's herb crusted lamb chops Play Video

    December 27, 2013 3:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Chef Scott Varnedoe is showed us how to make his herb crusted lamb chops today on News 2 at 4. The executive chef at Restaurant IPO Downtown BR said adding a horseradish cream sauce spices up the dish. For more information about this dish, e-mail... more »
  • Matherne's expanding downtown Play Video

    December 10, 2013 5:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Grocery store chain Matherne's is expanding into downtown Baton Rouge, the first of its stores in that area. The new store is planned for the corner of 3rd and Main, transforming the former Capital One building into a supermarket with apartments above the store. Within... more »
  • Baton Rouge Food Tours invade downtown Play Video

    November 11, 2013 4:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Food Tours kicked off this month, and owner Kim Harper said the foodies are eating it up. Harper said it's a walking, guided tour which includes delicious tastings at local restaurants infused with fascinating historical and cultural stories. The tour is one mile... more »
  • EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: police tackle downtown tirade Play Video

    November 1, 2013 10:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Police arrested five men, accused of terrorizing people on the streets of downtown early Friday morning. "It was quite a scare," Cpl. L'Jean McKneely said about the situation that developed on Third Street around 2 a.m. The men were "riding down Third Street, attempting to hit... more »
  • Evening crash shuts down Florida Blvd.

    October 11, 2013 9:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A two-vehicle accident temporarily closed part of Florida near 7th Street in downtown Baton Rouge Friday evening. Police say one person suffered broken bones in the accident but is expected to recover. Cops are still investigating the cause of the crash. No tickets have been... more »
  • Baton Rouge building set for conversion

    October 5, 2013 10:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Onyx building at the corner of Third and Convention streets downtown Baton Rouge will be redeveloped into a mixed-use property including apartments and commercial space. The Advocate reports ( http://bit.ly/19USmsy ) that conversion work could begin this coming week. The first steps will be removing exterior... more »
  • Storage room fire does $325K in damage downtown Play Video

    September 26, 2013 5:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Investigators are looking into a fire in downtown Baton Rouge which caused hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage overnight. The fire happened around 11 p.m. Wednesday in a storage facility attached to Bates and Thigpens on Third Street, and took two hours to get fully under... more »
  • IBM to begin construction on Baton Rouge offices

    September 22, 2013 11:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Groundbreaking for an IBM Service Center will be held Sept. 26 in downtown Baton Rouge. The Advocate reports ( http://bit.ly/16bhhWL ) the ceremonies will be held at 2 p.m. at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center on Lafayette Street, a few blocks down the street from where... more »
  • Demolition to begin in redevelopment project

    September 14, 2013 10:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Interior demolition for the $22 million conversion of the Commerce Building in downtown Baton Rouge is expected to begin within 60 days. Michael Lang, who is managing the redevelopment of the building at Third and Laurel streets, tells The Advocate the entire interior - except columns and... more »
  • Downtown sculpture, stage to be dedicated today

    September 3, 2013 10:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A nearly million-dollar sculpture in downtown Baton Rouge will be officially dedicated today after months of delays. Called "The Crest," the curved sculpture stretches over a stage at the Galvez Plaza and will hold rigging for concerts and other events downtown. The more than $900,000... more »
  • Lawmakers approve property sales Thursday

    August 1, 2013 6:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers have agreed to let Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration sell state property in Iberville Parish and downtown Baton Rouge. The House and Senate natural resources committees approved the sales Thursday at a special meeting in Grand Isle, held where lawmakers were attending a weekend fishing rodeo.... more »
  • Security tightened for firework show Play Video

    July 3, 2013 5:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Law enforcement are doing what they can to provide a fun and safe Independence Day in downtown Baton Rouge. Security will be tight for the firework show tomorrow night hosted by WBRZ and The Advocate. Baton Rouge Police Department said they'll be out in full... more »
  • 2 shot inside New Orleans hotel

    June 25, 2013 11:21 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police are investigating a shooting inside a downtown hotel. Police responded around 9 a.m. Tuesday to reports of a man and woman shot in a room at the Wyndham Garden Baronne Plaza hotel. Officer Garry Flot said two men were heard arguing when 29-year-old Kevin... more »
  • Police say 4 dead in St. Louis murder-suicide

    June 13, 2013 3:57 PM

    ST. LOUIS - St. Louis police say four people are confirmed dead in a murder-suicide shooting south of downtown. On its Twitter account, police confirmed that two men and two women were dead in the shooting at a business about five minutes south of downtown. Police said the dead included... more »
  • Cannon fire to be heard at state Capitol

    May 21, 2013 5:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana State Police say cannon fire will be heard in downtown Baton Rouge Thursday morning as the state House of Representatives remember the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. As part of the ceremony, a 21-gun salute will be conducted. Residents,... more »
  • News 2 Investigates: Top Ticket Violators

    May 2, 2013 7:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Parish Attorney's Office partnered with the City Clerk of Court will now withhold state income tax returns from people with outstanding parking tickets. Weekly, city court judges sign more than 200 money judgments allowing tax returns to be seized to pay off what's owed. ... more »
  • News 2 Investigates: Top Ticket Violators Play Video

    May 1, 2013 5:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The top ten parking ticket violators from 2012 account for 291 tickets, and most of those haven't been paid. More than 3,000 people were cited for a parking violation last year and 5,079 tickets were outstanding as of March when the city provided News 2 the... more »
  • Downtown BR streets to close for movie shoot

    May 1, 2013 4:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City-parish leaders said several streets around downtown Baton Rouge will close starting Thursday for a movie shoot. The closures will take place over two weeks for the filming of "Search Party," according to Mayor Kip Holden. "We welcome our friends from Gold Circle and Universal... more »
  • IBM recruiting at Southern University Play Video

    April 16, 2013 5:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - IBM is staking its claim in Baton Rouge by recruiting students from Louisiana universities. Today, IBM was at Southern University as part of its efforts to hire 800 people over the next four years for the new IBM Services Center in Baton Rouge. The company is... more »
  • IBM reps at Southern University

    April 16, 2013 11:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE - IBM representatives are at Southern University today talking to dozens of students and others about some 800 new well-paying technology positions that the computer giant will be filling over the next several years. IBM is bringing those jobs to a new office and residential space in... more »
  • Concert crowds expected to overflow downtown BR

    March 29, 2013 4:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The River Center is anticipating its largest crowd in history this weekend, which could also mean historic traffic downtown. Friday's Elton John and Anthony Hamilton concerts will bring an estimated 13,000 people to the Baton Rouge venue. Hamilton's concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the... more »
  • BRPD Officer punched in face after parade downtown Play Video

    February 9, 2013 3:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A Baton Rouge Police Officer was injured and transported to the hospital after an incident at Florida and Lafayette Streets downtown. According to BRPD, a 18-year-old Christopher Hensley of Zachary was arrested around 2:45 p.m. Saturday following the Spanish Town Parade after he punched a uniformed Baton... more »
  • Super Bowl events around Baton Rouge

    January 31, 2013 6:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Can't make it to New Orleans for the big game? There's plenty going on this Super Bowl weekend in downtown Baton Rouge. Super Bowl Fan Fest Experience Friday and Saturday, 12 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., North Boulevard Town Square BANDS Friday - The... more »
  • Downtown grocery to open in May Play Video

    January 3, 2013 5:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Investors plan to open a grocery store in downtown Baton Rouge, at the corner of Third Street and Florida Blvd., later this spring. A grocery store is one of the key retail needs identified in a recent Downtown Development District report. The group of investors say the... more »
  • Planned location for downtown BR condos sold Play Video

    January 2, 2013 6:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The developer for a key piece of property in downtown Baton Rouge sold the land recently, after years of delays and obstacles to building condos in the location. Richard Preis sold the spot on Lafayette Street between Laurel and Main to Shaw Group CEO Jim Bernhard... more »
  • Wednesday unveiling set for new downtown apartments

    November 26, 2012 10:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Wednesday the ribbon will be cut on a new living space in the city's downtown area. The development, 438 Main Street, has been in the works for about two years. It has 22 units with one and two bedrooms. It's a mixed income property. The... more »
  • No more tows from downtown garage

    November 15, 2012 10:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Towing is over at a state parking garage in downtown. Thursday, garage managers decided to cancel towing after a controversial night of towing last week. On busy nights, dozens of cars are hauled out of reserved parking spots inside the garage, at the corner of Third... more »
  • EPA to aid Baton Rouge's greening design

    September 14, 2012 7:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is partnering with Baton Rouge to help create more green spaces and trails to connect the LSU area to downtown. Baton Rouge was one of five cities selected for the EPA's Greening America's Capitals program. The others are Indianapolis, Des Moines,... more »
  • Hilton sale, hotel construction good signs for downtown BR Play Video

    September 10, 2012 5:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Hospitality industry experts see good things in Baton Rouge's future, after the recent sale of the Hilton Hotel downtown. Prism Hotels and Resorts, a management group, purchased the Hilton for about $40 million. Experts said they don't expect big changes at the well-known property in the... more »
  • Building boom in downtown Baton Rouge continues

    July 20, 2012 10:07 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Expect more businesses to pop up in downtown Baton Rouge. Plans are in the work to develop the area even more in the near future. News 2's Olivia LaBorde is speaking with developers. Watch her report tonight for more information on what's next for downtown Baton... more »
  • Romney arrives for Baton Rouge fundraiser

    July 16, 2012 11:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is in downtown Baton Rouge today to raise money in his bid for the White House this fall. Streets are blocked off and security heightened downtown as Romney arrived at the City Club for a $50,000 per plate luncheon. ... more »
  • Downtown gears up for Fourth of July celebration Play Video

    July 3, 2012 5:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Crews and vendors spent hours Tuesday building stages and stocking trucks in anticipation of thousands of people for the Fourth of July celebration. Baton Rouge Police have assigned more than 100 officers to patrol downtown during the festivities. "We're going to try to do everything... more »
  • One shot, killed in Baton Rouge

    June 5, 2012 1:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - One person is dead after a shooting near downtown Baton Rouge. It happened just after Noon in the 1100 block of S. 10th near Myrtle. Police say the shooter walked up to 21 year-old Telly Heard, shot him to death, then took off in a... more »
  • River Rd. in downtown BR back open

    May 11, 2012 1:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Public Works reopened River Road in downtown Baton Rouge after several it was completely closed earlier this week. Workers closed the road Monday between North Blvd. and Florida Street to complete sewage and overflow work in the area. Other work on the... more »
  • Section of downtown BR street to close

    April 27, 2012 3:14 PM

    Baton Rouge- An alert for drivers in downtown Baton Rouge. The 100 block of St. Louis Street will be closed from Louisiana Avenue to North Boulevard beginning 6 a.m. Monday morning, April 30th, for infrastructure work. Drivers will be able to access both River Center Parking Garages from... more »
  • Large rocks strengthen downtown levee Play Video

    April 17, 2012 5:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Large rocks and boulders will provide added strength to a vulnerable section of the levee in Downtown Baton Rouge. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers started building the rock berm in February. Ten thousand tons of rock was laid on top of the downslope of the... more »
  • Homeless create tent city near downtown Baton Rouge Play Video

    March 20, 2012 6:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - On the banks of the Mississippi River, on the other side of the railroad tracks, and near the Pentagon Barracks, dozens of tents sit hidden inside the brush. They've been there for months, and the people that call it home say they can't get jobs in... more »
  • Tent city spotted in downtown Baton Rouge

    March 20, 2012 2:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - On the banks of the Mississippi River, on the other side of the railroad tracks, and near the Pentagon Barracks, dozens of tents sit hidden inside the brush. They've been there for months, and the people that call it home say they can't get jobs in... more »
  • Monroe to conduct downtown parking study

    February 22, 2012 3:03 PM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - The city of Monroe is planning to conduct a feasibility study to look into adding more parking downtown. Myra Gatling-Akers, Downtown Economic Development District director, tells The News-Star the item is slated for consideration at the city's next council meeting. Gatling-Akers says parking downtown has been... more »
  • Work begins to remodel Baton Rouge park

    February 13, 2012 9:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Construction is underway on Baton Rouge's Repentance Park, the green space off River Road bordered on three sides by the River Center, the Old State Capital and City Hall. The $3.5 million renovation is expected to be completed by Sept. 3. The project is funded through state... more »
  • Andrew Zimmern brings food show to Baton Rouge Play Video

    January 25, 2012 12:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Food enthusiasts met downtown Wednesday to watch Travel Channel star Andrew Zimmern enjoy Louisiana specialties for his upcoming new web show. Two previous winners of the Gonzales jambalaya cookoffs served Zimmern with their best dishes, an oddity for Zimmern as he is known for eating strange... more »
  • Judges ban smoking near district courthouse Play Video

    December 6, 2011 6:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Judges at downtown Baton Rouge's district courthouse had enough of the "smoke tunnel" they describe in the entrance to the building. Now, they are enforcing an old city ordinance passed in 2005 that bans smoking within 25 feet of the entrance to a public building. Chief... more »
  • City leaders, developer break ground on new hotel downtown Play Video

    November 30, 2011 3:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A new hotel means more than 50 new jobs and the potential for economic growth in Downtown Baton Rouge. Construction is underway at the corner of Lafayette and Main Street for the new Hampton Inn and Suites. The $17-million project is expected to be complete by... more »
  • Downtown EBR streets closed for "Breakout Kings"

    October 19, 2011 10:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities announced today that drivers in downtown Baton Rouge will see some road or lane closures as filming of the TV show "Breakout Kings" gets underway. The A&E series, which is about a group of prisoners working with U. S. Marshals to track down fugitives, relocated... more »
  • Metro Council deciding on bars opening Sundays

    October 12, 2011 4:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle wants to lower the food sales requirements of bars and restaurants in order to stay open on Sundays. Currently food sales must meet 60 percent of a restaurants total monthly sales. Marcelle wants to lower that number to 55 percent in the... more »
  • Mayor Pro Tem says more dialogue about new library

    October 5, 2011 5:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Mayor Pro Tem Mike Walker says communication improved before the Metro Council's recent approval of a new downtown library. East Baton Rouge voters had already approved the money before the Metro Council voted last night to move the project forward. Walker says the library will be... more »
  • New downtown library plan stays in place

    October 4, 2011 10:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Metro Council voted Wednesday night to leave the rebuild plans for the River Center Branch Library in place. It took two hours to come to the 8-2 decision. The council was revisiting the issue following a summer where attitudes about the new... more »
  • Metro Council schedules special meeting

    September 29, 2011 4:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Metro Council scheduled a special meeting for next Tuesday to continue work left unfinished by a lack of a quorum during last night's meeting. The special meeting will be held Oct. 4 at 5 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. The... more »
  • Galvez Plaza canopy in limbo

    September 14, 2011 5:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council votes tonight to approve funding of a massive stainless-steel canopy hanging over a stage in downtown Baton Rouge. The canopy and stage will be used for outdoor concerts and other performances. The $1 million project has drawn some... more »
  • Council to consider bid for estimated $37 million Goodwood Library rebuild

    August 19, 2011 10:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Next week, the Metro Council considers bids for a new Main library. But some ask why it hasn't caught as much attention as the new Downtown library, even though it's twice the price. Controversy still swirls around the $19 million downtown Baton Rouge library. The debate... more »
  • New downtown library project in limbo, again

    August 11, 2011 10:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A new downtown library could be off the table next week, due to flack about the project. The Library Board will vote on whether to put the work on hold, a complete 180-degrees after weeks of arguing over it last year. The project costs nearly $20... more »
  • Fire prompts evacuation at downtown bar overnight

    July 16, 2011 11:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Firefighters evacuated about 100 people from a bar because of a fire in downtown Baton Rouge early Saturday morning. Investigators have not determined what started the blaze in a storage room at MAPP Construction, located next to the M Bar on 3rd Street. When firefighters got... more »
  • "Fireworks on the Mississippi"

    July 4, 2011 2:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It's the biggest 4th of July fireworks show in Louisiana at 9 pm and you're invited! The fireworks can be seen from the Mississippi River levee, from both Port Allen and Baton Rouge. Other events that fill the day downtown this Independence Day are as... more »
  • Levee reopens in downtown Baton Rouge

    June 11, 2011 6:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A portion of the Downtown Levee is now open again to pedestrians and cyclist. The levee river walk was closed while high water threatened Baton Rouge and to prevent accidents near flood protection equipment. Dozens of people returned to the levee Saturday to revisit the river. "It's... more »
  • Part of Baton Rouge levee opens as river falls

    June 11, 2011 10:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Part of the Mississippi River levee is reopening to pedestrians and bicyclists in downtown Baton Rouge. Mayor-President Melvin "Kip" Holden closed the levee May 13, as crews put sandbags and other flood-control devices in low areas because record high water was expected. Since the river began... more »
  • Downtown BR levee to reopen Saturday

    June 10, 2011 2:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People will once again be able to walk the levees in downtown Baton Rouge this weekend. Mayor-President Kip Holden's office said the levee north of the Belle of Baton Rouge Casino will no longer be off-limits to pedestrians and cyclists starting Saturday. Jim Ferguson with... more »
  • Tiger Dam being removed from BR levees

    June 6, 2011 5:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The downtown levee in Baton Rouge could be open soon, as Department of Public Works are beginning to remove the Tiger Dam system used to protect against possible floods. Workers will take up to ten days to completely drain, remove and store the system before the levee... more »
  • Levees, River Road downtown being reopened

    June 3, 2011 3:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A section of River Road in downtown Baton Rouge that was closed due to the rising Mississippi River is back open, and the downtown levees should soon follow suit. DOTD removed sandbags and traffic barriers today from River Road near the Hollywood Casino, which had been... more »
  • Discussions begin to reopen downtown levee

    June 2, 2011 4:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Department of Public Works is discussing a time line to reopen parts of the downtown levee to pedestrian and bike traffic. Officials with DPW tell News 2 that once the go-ahead is given, the department would need eight to ten days to remove the Tiger Dams... more »
  • Galatoire's closes, relocating in Baton Rouge

    May 31, 2011 4:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Fans of Galatoire's Bistro can breathe a sigh of relief: the popular restaurant is not closed for good, just for now. The restaurant is moving to a new location, so it closed its branch at 17451 Perkins Road on Sunday, May 30. According to a... more »
  • Steps taken to prevent flooding in downtown BR

    May 12, 2011 7:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Flooding concerns caused officials in Baton Rouge to shut off some traffic lights and take other measures downtown until the water recedes. Traffic signals on River Road at Hollywood Casino, the State Capitol and River Park were turned off today and will function at four-way stops.... more »

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