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  • Juneteenth Celebration kicks off in downtown Play Video

    June 18, 2016 11:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People moved to the sound of live gospel music Saturday as the Juneteenth Celebration kicked off in downtown Baton Rouge. The celebration has taken place for five years now, and every year it grows in size. "Initially it was 400 to 500 people with one... more »
  • Council approval paves way for new hotel in Downtown BR Play Video

    May 25, 2016 11:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Metro Council approved a tiff Wednesday night that paves the way for a new hotel to be built in downtown Baton Rouge. The Third-Florida Economic Development District allows the Courtyard Marriott Hotel planned for the corner of 3rd and Florida to levy a 2 cent... more »
  • Vote on downtown Lafayette bar zoning expected in July

    May 17, 2016 3:14 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. - A new policy on bars in Lafayette's downtown district likely won't come until July. The Associated Press reports Lafayette Consolidated Government Planning, Zoning and Development director Carlee Alm-LaBar gave an update on the effort to shape a new policy to the Zoning Commission on Monday. As a... more »
  • Judges want to move juvenile court to downtown Baton Rouge

    April 21, 2016 12:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Parish's juvenile court judges are pushing to move their court to downtown Baton Rouge. Judges Pamela Taylor Johnson and Adam Haney made their pitch to the 19th Judicial District Court Building Commission Wednesday to move their court from Veterans Memorial Boulevard to the... more »
  • Historic Coca Cola sign officially relit

    April 15, 2016 10:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A historic Coca Cola sign was officially turned back on at a special relighting ceremony in downtown Baton Rouge Friday night. The lights on the sign were turned back on a few months ago after going dark for awhile because of a dispute over who owned it.... more »
  • Residents discuss pricey proposed tram between LSU, downtown

    March 1, 2016 11:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - At a meeting Tuesday night, transportation leaders talked about a proposed plan to provide a new, pricey option to shuttle people from LSU to downtown Baton Rouge and back again. The TramLinkBR calls for a tram line running from campus along Nicholson through south Baton Rouge to... more »
  • Another Broken Egg Cafe picks downtown Baton Rouge for new location

    February 11, 2016 10:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A new breakfast restaurant is coming to downtown Baton Rouge. Another Broken Egg Cafe will be opening a new location in the new IBM building at the corner of Lafayette and North Street. It's is expected to open this summer. The Double R Restaurant Group announced... more »
  • Some CATS bus stops canceled for weekend parades

    February 5, 2016 6:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Mardi Gras festivities in Baton Rouge may affect some CATS riders this weekend. On Friday, the Krewe of Southdowns Parade will roll, affecting riders on sections of the Garden District and LSU Cortana Mall bus lines. Multiple bus stops on Lee Drive as well as stops... more »
  • Krewe Mystique rolls through Downtown Baton Rouge

    January 30, 2016 3:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE – With clear skies and warm temperatures, Baton Rouge’s oldest Mardi Gras Krewe rolled down Downtown Saturday afternoon. The parade for the Krewe Mystique de la Capitale kicked off at 2 p.m. Saturday following the same route through Downtown Baton Rouge as the all female Krewe of... more »
  • Krewe of Artemis rolls through Downtown Friday night Play Video

    January 29, 2016 5:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Carnival season has arrived in Baton Rouge and parade goers are in for a lovely surprise as almost springlike conditions will move into the Capital Area for the duration of the weekend. Cloudless skies and cool, but comfortable, temperatures are on tap for Friday night as... more »
  • Council approves hiring help to fix downtown parking problems Play Video

    January 27, 2016 11:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Metro Council approved a $100,000 contract to help create better parking in downtown. Approval was granted Wednesday for the Mayor's office to hire Fregonese Associates. The company will oversee upgrading meters and automate the city's two parking garages. Chief Administrative Officer William Daniel described... more »
  • Streetcar line may return to Baton Rouge Play Video

    January 27, 2016 5:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City officials are preparing for a meeting tomorrow where they will seek public input on a proposed streetcar line. The streetcar would run from the LSU campus to downtown Baton Rouge through Nicholson Drive. "I think it would work very well," said Robert Luke, who... more »
  • Arson not suspected in Canal Street fire

    January 27, 2016 6:01 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The fire chief in New Orleans says arson isn't suspected in the blaze that blanketed part of the city with smoke and forced the closure of historic Canal Street. However, Timothy McConnell said Wednesday his department wasn't yet ready to release a suspected cause of the fire.... more »
  • Tom Cruise movie shoot to close North Street this weekend

    January 20, 2016 12:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - More road closures will impact Capital City streets this weekend as filming for the movie Jack Reacher 2: Never Go Back , starring Tom Cruise, continues in Baton Rouge. North Street in Downtown Baton Rouge will be closed to traffic from 5 a.m. until 7 p.m.... more »
  • Filming for Tom Cruise movie to impact downtown traffic Tuesday

    January 4, 2016 2:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Filming for the next movie in the Jack Reacher series starring Tom Cruise will again affect traffic in downtown Baton Rouge this week. Florida Street between 7th and 9th streets will be closed to traffic on Tuesday, Jan. 5 from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. so... more »
  • Downtown workers upset over handicapped parking loss Play Video

    November 20, 2015 5:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some downtown state workers in Baton Rouge are upset over losing handicapped parking spaces in a lot between the State Library and the Department of Children and Family Services. The Division of Administration says it's a shuffle to accommodate the Office of State Printing's move to the... more »
  • Arizona drivers get a scare from giant inflatable pumpkin

    October 30, 2015 1:21 PM

    PEORIA, Ariz. - Halloween tricks came early for some drivers and pedestrians in the Phoenix area when a giant, inflatable pumpkin bounded down the roadway in high winds. A 25-foot-tall pumpkin escaped from its display promoting the Peoria Monster Bash Thursday, sailing down the street and damaging two street lights.... more »
  • B.R. Halloween Parade shifted to 9:30 a.m. amid weather worries

    October 30, 2015 12:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Along with many Halloween activities scheduled for this weekend, the organizers of Baton Rouge’s annual downtown Halloween parade say the event time has been moved due to the threat of severe weather in the region on Saturday. The hosts, 10/31 Consortium, say the parade has been... more »
  • Council votes against opening temporary misdemeanor jail

    October 15, 2015 12:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Members of the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council have rejected a request to open a temporary misdemeanor jail downtown. On Wednesday, council members cited concerns about the justice system targeting poor, black, nonviolent offenders. Law enforcements leaders have advocated for a misdemeanor jail because... more »
  • 28th annual Jambalaya Jam another downtown success

    October 9, 2015 11:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Organizers of the 28th annual Jambalaya Jam, hosted by Capital Area United Way, held Thursday night are calling this year's event another great success. 47 corporate teams gathered together along North Boulevard to compete for a range of awards including best jambalaya, best appetizer and overall... more »
  • Construction of Water Campus building to begin this year

    September 2, 2015 8:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Water Institute of the Gulf's headquarters will be a futuristic feat of glass and metal that's propped up above the Mississippi River. That's according to a rendering released Monday shows. Construction of the $22 million headquarters, research and interpretative center will start later this year. The building... more »
  • Rooftop pool hoisted onto downtown building Play Video

    August 13, 2015 6:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A more than 10,000 pound pool was installed on top of the Commerce Building in downtown Baton Rouge Thursday. Work first began on the more than 60-year-old building in November of 2014. The structure is being renovated to be a 93-unit apartment building with a fitness... more »
  • Local blind man wants city to fix sidewalk hazard Play Video

    August 7, 2015 7:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A utility access point in the middle of a downtown sidewalk has been left uncovered for years according to residents. Without the cover, the utility point is a large hole, a hazard residents estimate to be three feet long, one foot wide, and seven inches deep. ... more »
  • Baton Rouge council rejects tax subsidy for hotel proposal

    July 23, 2015 7:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council has refused to award a tax-relief incentive to a new hotel. The fate of the planned Courtyard by Marriott in the heart of downtown Baton Rouge is unclear. The hotel is proposed for the corner of Third Street and Florida Street,... more »
  • Gonzales master plan would take advantage of commuter train

    June 29, 2015 9:23 AM

    GONZALES- The draft of a new master plan for the city of Gonzales calls for turning the oldest section of the city into a renewed downtown. Gonzales officials hope to capitalize on a commuter train line that may one day go through the city. They also are looking at... more »
  • Downtown Baton Rouge gets cleaned up

    May 16, 2015 3:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Dozens showed up to clean downtown Baton Rouge, Saturday morning. The effort was as a result of a partnership between Keep Baton Rouge Beautiful and The Baton Rouge Lodging Association. "It impacts the economic development of our city. It impacts the tourists that come to... more »
  • Wampold property will be Marriott Autograph hotel

    May 14, 2015 7:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Developer Mike Wampold will turn the old State Office Building in downtown Baton Rouge into a 148-room Marriott Autograph hotel. The hotel, set to open in August 2016, will be named Watermark Baton Rouge. It will be a full-service hotel, which will include an upscale restaurant and about... more »
  • Changing and Advancing Nutrition Now 5K Play Video

    May 12, 2015 9:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Spring is a great time to get up on a Saturday morning and go walk or run for a great cause. The Changing and Advancing Nutrition Now (CANN) 5k gives you the chance to do just that. This morning, Georgette Sterling and Charlene Montelaro stopped by 2une In... more »
  • Wrecks and ice show cause Friday gridlock

    May 8, 2015 11:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The interstates and downtown streets in Baton Rouge gridlocked Friday due to multiple wrecks and a popular ice show at the River Center. At noon traffic was backed up on I-110 South, I-12 West and I-10 West due to wrecks earlier Friday morning. Police said... more »
  • Streetcar line along Nicholson Dr. to get federal assistance

    April 24, 2015 11:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge has been selected for a federal transportation department pilot program that will provide technical assistance in the development of the proposed streetcar line in the Nicholson Drive corridor. The Federal Transit Administration will help the city navigate the planning and environmental analysis to select the... more »
  • 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 »

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