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  • Movie shoot to cause street closures Tuesday

    March 23, 2015 11:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Mayor-President's Office said a movie shoot will close downtown street Tuesday morning. The office said Third Street between Convention and Florida will have intermittent closures from 1 a.m. until 7 a.m. Tuesday for the film "A Dying Art." BRPD will handle... more »
  • Movie filming will close Baton Rouge street

    March 10, 2015 3:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City officials warned drivers that a portion of downtown Baton Rouge will be closed Wednesday for a movie shoot. The EBR Mayor-President's Office said the 300 block of 3rd street between Laurel and Florida will close Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. The independent... more »
  • In case of irony, truck hauling weed killer falls apart under oak tree

    March 4, 2015 2:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters spent Wednesday afternoon removing bags of herbicide from the trailer of an 18-wheeler after it split in half making a turn in downtown. The truck broke as it was turning right onto North Boulevard from 6th Street near the Old Governor's Mansion. Ironically, it fell... more »
  • Weekends with Whitney: Tour highlights food, culture of downtown BR Play Video

    February 13, 2015 8:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE - There's a new way to sink your teeth into Baton Rouge. It combines two Louisiana favorites: Rich history and rich food. Kim Harper started the C'est Si Bon Food Tour last year. "I thought, 'Baton Rouge really needs something like this because we have such... more »
  • Police doubling manpower downtown check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 10, 2015 9:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE-Police expect to be able to double the number of officers patrolling the growing downtown area by October. "We're just trying to get ahead of the curve so we don't neglect this area," Baton Rouge Police Lt. Johnny Dunnam said. The force will expand from ten to... more »
  • Growing efforts to fight growing crime in Downtown B.R. check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 10, 2015 8:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE - New development has downtown Baton Rouge growing like never before. Now you can expect the police presence there to do the same. The BRAVE Initiative is now in action there, and a new police precinct is coming soon. According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, the... more »
  • It's a party; Carnival rolls into Baton Rouge Friday

    February 6, 2015 10:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Carnival got off to a rumbling start Friday night as the Krewe of Artemis rolled through downtown. The parade moved through downtown shortly after 7 p.m. It was the 13th year of the all-female parade. This year, the theme was "It's always a party with... more »
  • Two area parades lose Mardi Gras spirit

    February 5, 2015 11:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As carnival celebrations kick into gear Friday, the region will celebrate without two krewes. In the city, the Krewe of Jupiter and Juno canceled its traditional parade through downtown. It was scheduled to roll last weekend, opening the carnival parade season. Organizers said there were too... more »
  • Weekends with Whitney: Downtown Living Play Video

    January 16, 2015 7:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - More than 100 people are kicking off their New Year living downtown in Baton Rouge's Central Business District. In this Weekends with Whitney preview, News 2's Whitney Vann gives you a look at new, affordable apartments. Rent starts around $800/month at the new apartments on 3rd... more »
  • Bigger, better improvements for Downtown BR in 2015 check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 13, 2015 8:02 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Downtown Development District saw plenty of improvements last year, but they've got even bigger plans in 2015. Over the weekend, crews put the finishing touches on some walkways from North Blvd. to Florida. 300 units are also under construction to bring more residents to the... more »
  • Downtown development brings parking concerns check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 6, 2015 4:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With the landscape of downtown Baton Rouge changing with more living space, restaurants and bars, downtown developers plan to address parking concerns before it becomes a major problem. Construction on the first tower of the IBM building is set to open in May with the residential... more »
  • Matherne's Downtown an oasis in a food desert check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 5, 2015 5:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The new Matherne's Market on 3rd street downtown opened its doors today as eager customers got their first look inside the new supermarket. "I just kind of jumped up and down like I was at a football game when I saw it was open, because I've been... more »
  • Austin police: Man fired 100-plus rounds downtown

    November 28, 2014 7:08 AM

    AUSTIN, TX - A gunman who tried to set the Mexican Consulate ablaze and fired more than 100 rounds at downtown buildings in Austin has been identified. Austin police say 49-year-old Larry McQuilliams was responsible for the shootings early Friday. He died after a confrontation with officers outside police headquarters.... more »
  • Dark past could mean bright future for USS Kidd check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 29, 2014 10:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The money troubled USS Kidd is banking on its deep and sometimes dark history to target a broader audience. Thursday night, the Kidd's crew will host its first official adults only Twilight Tour from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The tour will focus on the ship's... more »
  • Downtown bars prepping for big LSU weekend check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »

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