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  • All lanes now open on I-10 E before college

    October 29, 2015 7:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE- All lanes are now open on I-10 East following an earlier accident, but congestion is still lingering. Traffic remains backed up to LA-1 on I-10 East and Capitol Access on I-110 South. more »
  • All lanes now open on I-10 E at 10/12 split

    September 23, 2015 8:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE- All lanes are now open on I-10 East at the I-10/I-110 split after an earlier accident. Congestion from this incident has reached LA 415. more »
  • Fred is easternmost hurricane to form in tropics of Atlantic

    August 31, 2015 2:46 PM

    MIAMI - Weather forecasters say Hurricane Fred is easternmost hurricane known to have formed in the Atlantic tropics, and the first to actually pass over the Cape Verde Islands as a hurricane The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Fred's maximum sustained winds Monday afternoon are near 85... more »
  • All lanes open on I-10 East of bridge after accident

    March 15, 2015 5:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - All lanes are open on the Mississippi River Bridge. Traffic is clearing after an accident blocked the center lane on I-10 East of the bridge. The accident happened around 4:40 p.m. on Sunday. more »
  • Holiday traffic kicks off with I-10 East congestion

    February 13, 2015 2:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - What is sure to be a heavy traffic weekend as Big Easy bound revelers make their way east through the Capital City is certainly underway as a several mile snarl has formed on I-10 East across the Mississippi River Bridge. Traffic officials did not link the... more »
  • Millions hunker down as Northeast storm totals downgraded

    January 27, 2015 2:23 AM

    NEW YORK, N.Y. - Tens of millions of people along the East Coast hunkered down for a storm that for most failed to live up to predictions that it would be one of the worst they'd ever seen. Forecasters originally said the storm could bring 1 to 3 feet of... more »
  • Crashes and stalled vehicles cause more I-10 delays

    May 16, 2014 3:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Only hours after congestion cleared from a late morning crash with serious injuries on I-10 westbound, Louisiana State Police said delays and congestion can again be expected on I-10. LSP said they are currently working to clear a six car crash, a stalled vehicle, and a... more »
  • School memo promotes do-overs on tests Play Video

    November 20, 2013 6:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A new policy endorsed by the East Baton Rouge Parish School System Central Office grants students at certain schools the right to re-do assignments and re-take tests regardless of their grade. Belaire and Tara High Schools were the first to roll out the new policy defining... more »
  • Planned new city in EBR gets a name

    September 5, 2013 10:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Organizers of a breakaway school system in East Baton Rouge Parish have started focusing on creating a new town, and apparently have settled on a name. The group said it is considering "The City of St. George" for the area in unincorporated East Baton Rouge Parish. They... more »
  • Reality TV lures out-of-state gator hunters to La.

    August 27, 2013 11:47 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Reality television may be bringing more out-of-state alligator hunters to Louisiana. State alligator program head Noel Kinler says licenses issued to out-of-state trappers are on pace to eclipse last year's record of 507. The 30-day season opens in eastern Louisiana on Wednesday and on Sept.... more »
  • I-10 East reopens after accident near Gramercy

    August 3, 2013 11:27 AM

    GRAMERCY, La. - I-10 East near Gramercy is now completely open after an accident closed the Interstate down earlier Saturday. more »
  • Proposed EBR city entertaining potential names Play Video

    June 25, 2013 6:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - During an East Baton Rouge Parish Chamber of Commerce meeting, supporters of incorporating southeast Baton Rouge discussed names like "Highlands" and "Village of St. George," but the ultimate decision would be voted on by those living in the proposed boundaries. Organizers haven't determined what the boundaries... more »
  • Murder suspect sought in Jade Avenue shooting

    June 6, 2013 11:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Detectives are looking for a suspected murderer after a shooting last night on Jade Avenue. They say the suspect shot one man in the chest and fired at another man. 19 year old Franklin Lara was found in a pickup truck with... more »
  • Future headquarters of EBRSO uncertain Play Video

    May 2, 2013 6:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A spokesperson for the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office said it would be up to the Metro Council to decide the location of its headquarters. EBRSO was slated to move into a facility at the airport in October. Moving day was then pushed to January... more »
  • Spring snowstorm hits central states, pushes east

    March 25, 2013 8:12 AM

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Spring is buried under winter in parts of the Midwest and the storm continues to move east. The National Weather Service has issued storm warnings and advisories for as far east as Pennsylvania, and officials are blaming two deaths in separate crashes in Kansas and... more »
  • Four-car wreck blocks part of I-10E in Baton Rouge

    December 12, 2012 4:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A four-car wreck caused traffic problems in Baton Rouge this afternoon along I-10. State Police said the wreck happened just before the I-10 East exit onto Highland, blocking the right lane. Traffic quickly backed up to the Siegen exit. Troopers closed the interstate for a... more »
  • EBR inks plans to buy old Woman's Hospital

    December 6, 2012 2:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City-parish and hospital officials signed a letter of intent today that makes official plans to sell the former Woman's Hospital campus to East Baton Rouge Parish. As News 2 told you Monday , the city-parish plans to turn the 24-acre site into a public safety complex.... more »
  • East Feliciana Police Jury adopts budget

    December 4, 2012 10:33 AM

    CLINTON - The East Feliciana Parish Police Jury has adopted a $7.6 million budget for 2013. The jury's financial adviser said Monday the budget conservatively estimates revenues and anticipates spending to remain nearly the same as this year. Accountant Phil Graham, who prepared the budget proposal, tells The Advocate the... more »
  • Tulane, ECU to join Big East in 2014

    November 27, 2012 11:10 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that Tulane University is joining the Big East as a full member in 2014 and East Carolina will be joining as a football-only member. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because neither... more »
  • Two shot near LSU trying to wrestle gun from suspect check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 20, 2012 5:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two men are recovering from gunshot wounds to their hands after confronting a suspect who tried to rob two women at gunpoint. Around 1:00 a.m. today, Baton Rouge Police responded to the 700 block of East Boyd Drive near Nicholson. Investigators said it happened while... more »
  • What to do with Lee High School

    November 1, 2012 10:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board will meet tonight to discuss Lee High School's future. The school board plans to rebuild the school, but where to locate the school is the problem. Some want to rebuild the school in it's current location, while others want... more »
  • Sandy gains power and aims for Northeast

    October 29, 2012 10:27 AM

    NEW YORK - Hurricane Sandy is gaining strength and has taken a left turn toward the East Coast and its date with two other weather systems. An official with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is calling it "the worst-case scenario." The storm, with tropical storm-force winds extending almost 500... more »
  • Hybrid of Sandy, winter storm threatens East Coast

    October 25, 2012 1:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - Government forecasters say a big storm that they're calling "Frankenstorm" is likely to blast most of the U.S. East Coast next week. The storm is an unusual mix of a hurricane and a winter storm. The worst of it could be focused around New York City and New... more »
  • I-10 closures cause traffic snarls in Baton Rouge

    October 19, 2012 12:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Traffic is again slowing to a crawl in Baton Rouge today, after wrecks forced closures on I-10 in both directions. A wreck just before 11 a.m. in Baton Rouge closed I-10 East at Essen for a time while police removed vehicles involved, which included an 18-wheeler.... more »
  • New Orleans' boil water order ends

    October 9, 2012 3:06 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board says tapwater on the city's east bank is safe to drink. Water was taken for testing Monday afternoon after the main treatment plant lost power for a few minutes Monday morning during maintenance work. Low pressure in water pipes makes... more »
  • Student arrested for bringing gun to school, assault check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 27, 2012 11:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Deputies charged two Glen Oaks High School students after a fight in which one of them drew a gun. Deputies arrested Neil Harris, 17, after they said he pulled a gun during a fight at the school around 7:10 a.m. with De'rrell... more »
  • More signs of balance between SEC East and West

    September 26, 2012 4:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The blazing starts of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina are raising doubts about preseason assumptions that the West is best in the Southeastern Conference. No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 LSU, the leaders of the West Division, also remain the league's top teams in the national rankings.... more »
  • Meetings set to review East Feliciana plan

    September 10, 2012 10:36 AM

    CLINTON - Meetings are scheduled this week for the public to review a draft plan for economic development, land use and transportation in East Feliciana Parish. The Advocate reports the first meeting will at J.D.'s Restaurant in Clinton Monday night. The second meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday... more »
  • Police chase stolen car near LSU check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 24, 2012 6:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A 22-year-old man led Baton Rouge Police on a brief high speed chase near Tigerland before crashing a stolen car into a ditch, according to investigators. It happened around 4:30 a.m. on East Boyd Drive near Nicholson. Police arrested 22-year-old Johnathan Batteau, 3422 Conrad Street, and... more »
  • Arrests made in possible murder in East Feliciana Parish

    July 6, 2012 2:36 PM

    Four people accused in a possible murder in East Feliciana Parish, are now under arrest. Detectives found the body of 59 year-old Katherine Hartman wrapped up in a sheet and dumped at the end of Lane Road in Ethel. Hartman was reported missing on June 25. Kendale... 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 »
  • Breakaway school district fails to clear the legislature check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 1, 2012 5:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The plan to carve out a new school district out of the East Baton Rouge Parish School District failed for a second time in three days. In a 61-35 vote lawmakers decided not to send the final decision to statewide voters in November. Opponents of... more »
  • Unique home school situation in EBR

    May 9, 2012 10:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Dozens of parents are taking a different approach when it comes to educating their children. Instead of in a classroom they're taught at home. But not their home, someone else's. Find out where some students are being sent to learn and why parents support it.... more »
  • Contract for new school chief

    May 6, 2012 8:28 AM

    CLINTON - East Feliciana Parish's new school system superintendent has a contract. The East Feliciana Parish school board reportedly has approved a contract for Henderson Lewis Jr. of Violet. The contract calls for Lewis to be paid a $128,000 base salary. The present superintendent, Douglas Beauchamp, is retiring on... more »
  • New travel rules delayed in East Baton Rouge

    April 19, 2012 7:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board has delayed a vote on a proposal to change its travel rules so all employees get a flat daily per diem for meals rather than having to submit original receipts. A couple of board members did not like a... more »
  • E. Feliciana picks new school chief

    April 13, 2012 6:54 AM

    CLINTON - The East Feliciana Parish School Board has voted to name Henderson Lewis as the next superintendent of schools. Thursday's 10-1 vote came after the public had a chance to meet Lewis and the other finalist, Edna Lusk Thomas. The board also questioned the two separately behind closed doors.... more »
  • Truancy center moving toward opening date

    April 9, 2012 11:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A truancy center planned for East Baton Rouge Parish schools is finally moving toward an opening date. Paperwork between the East Baton Rouge Parish School System, the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney's Office, the Mayor-President's Office, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office and the Governor's Office... more »
  • East Baton Rouge panel studies school-wide sweeps check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 6, 2012 6:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Parish school administrators are considering regular school-wide sweeps where all students would be searched for guns and other weapons at randomly selected schools. The idea was floated Thursday at the first meeting of a special task force on student and school safety. The task... more »
  • Hit and run prompts sidewalks near Tigerland check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 3, 2012 5:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A hit-and-run in October that sent two people to the hospital prompted protests from people that lived where it happened, and now the Department of Public Works plans to build sidewalks on East Boyd Drive near Tigerland. Deputy Director Bryan Harmon at the Department of Public... more »
  • Bidding underway to get sidewalks near Tigerland

    April 3, 2012 10:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE - East Boyd Drive is scheduled to get sidewalks in an area heavily trafficked by walking crowds. The Department of Public Works advertised the job last month, and DPW said in an email it is scheduled to receive bids Tuesday, April 3rd. Tonight on News 2... more »
  • EBR School Board to form safety panel

    March 2, 2012 6:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board is forming a school safety task force to identify and implement procedures to ensure schools are safe from violence. Board member Jerry Arbour requested the creation of the task force at this week's school board meeting, citing recent incidents involving... more »
  • Update: I-12 W at O'Neal now open; East remains closed

    February 29, 2012 6:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - I-12 West at O'Neal Lane has reopened following an early morning accident involving an 18-wheeler. I-12 East at O'Neal remains closed at this time. DOTD says eastbound traffic is being diverted off at O'Neal. The backup from the closure is approaching Millerville on I-12 East and... more »
  • Sam steps into interim EBR superintendent role check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 24, 2012 5:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As John Dilworth leaves as the East Baton Rouge Parish School Superintendent, his temporary replacement Carlos Sam has his hands full. Over the next few months, Sam will work with the current administration to tackle the looming budget deficit the school system faces. "Ultimately we're... more »
  • O'Neal Lane closure update

    February 22, 2012 4:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A section of O'Neal Lane will be closed this Saturday 02/25 and Sunday 02/26 from 8:00pm to 5:00am. The Northbound and Southbound lanes will be closed under I-12 between the on and off ramps of the interstate highway. The I-12 on and off ramps will... more »
  • Neighborhood says "no" to proposed night club check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 13, 2012 5:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some residents in the Melrose East area strongly oppose a proposed bar. A vacant grocery store on the corner of Florida Blvd. and North Donmoor Ave. has caused quite the controversy. Signs saying, "no bar" like nearby apartment complexes as neighbors say this is just the... more »
  • LSP releases photos of gas line break check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 13, 2012 4:55 PM

    PRIDE - State Police released pictures of the site of a gas line break this morning in East Baton Rouge Parish that led to a mile-wide evacuation of the area. Capt. Doug Cain said troopers with the HazMat unit are still investigating the site of the rupture, which happened... more »
  • Residents: Gas line break sounded like earthquake

    February 13, 2012 3:10 PM

    PRIDE - A team of inspectors are trying to find out what caused a natural gas pipeline rupture this morning in East Baton Rouge Parish. The line break near Pride happened around 2:30 a.m. Emergency responders evacuated homes and closed roads within a mile of the rupture until the... more »
  • Memphis accepts invitation to Big East Conference

    February 9, 2012 2:59 PM

    The Big East says Memphis has officially accepted an invitation to be part of the conference's next incarnation in 2013. Memphis is the seventh school, and fourth from Conference USA, to sign up for future membership in the Big East since December. The Tigers will compete in the... more »
  • New EBR school district proposed

    February 9, 2012 11:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE- State Sen. Bodi White, R-Central, proposed legislation that could lead to the creation of a new school district in East Baton Rouge Parish. It could lead to the neighborhoods south of Interstate 12 and east of Interstate 10 to withdrawing from the East Baton Rouge Parish school... more »
  • Family gets son in school at last minute

    August 9, 2011 4:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With school starting Wednesday morning in East Baton Rouge Parish, many parents are making last minutes preparations so their children are ready. Over the years Rosalie Scott has bounced her son Qade from school to school searching for the right fit, and Tuesday she received a... more »
  • Final space shuttle launch bittersweet for NASA employees

    July 8, 2011 6:28 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - As employees at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans watched and listened as the 135th space shuttle took off, there weren't cheers... At least for the first few minutes. For 30 years, NASA crews have built every external fuel tank right here in Louisiana. The... more »
  • Boil advisory lifted in East Feliciana Parish

    July 8, 2011 2:43 PM

    The East Feliciana Rural Water System has lifted the boil advisory that was in place this past week. The advisory affected customers in the Bluff Creek area. more »
  • Court denies coach's reverse discrimination claims

    May 5, 2011 9:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A court has ruled in favor of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System in a reverse discrimination trial. Gary Burnett, the former head football coach at Glen Oaks High School, claims he was fired because he's white and the principal, who is black, made racially-charged comments... more »
  • Testimony wraps in EBR reverse discrimination trial

    April 21, 2011 6:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The testimony in a reverse racial discrimination wrapped up late Thursday afternoon. Closing arguments will be held on April 29, 2011 followed by Judge Wilson Fields decision on May 5, 2011. Five East Baton Rouge Parish School System witnesses took the stand including a former human... more »
  • Are you smarter than an 8th-grade LEAP test taker?

    March 23, 2011 5:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - So you think you're smart, and you've got all the answers. Well, give the practice LEAP tests a try. Public school students wrapped up the first round of LEAP tests on Tuesday. They'll take math, science and social studies next month. Over the past three... more »
  • Neighbor of murder victim says he's tired of 'genocide'

    March 1, 2011 6:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police are investigating the city's latest murders. 23-year-old Wayne Pierson, 825 South 12th Street, was shot in the head overnight at 669 Monet Drive in Melrose East. He later died at a local hospital. Police later found a second shooting victim inside a car at... more »
  • Gardere crime-fighting tactics heading to Glen Oaks

    February 25, 2011 6:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The residents of Glen Oaks will soon see a substantial increase in the number of East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Deputies patrolling their neighborhood. Thursday, deputies were offered overtime pay to patrol the crime ridden area during peak crime hours, including overnight. "They are going to... more »
  • BR man, 77, drowns while fishing in lake

    February 21, 2011 11:14 AM

    WILSON, La. - A 77-year-old Baton Rouge man has drowned in a private lake on his property in Wilson. East Feliciana Parish Sheriff Talmadge Bunch says Clark W. Taylor was fishing Saturday with his brother when he fell out of his boat and went under shortly before 12:30 p.m.... more »
  • Baton Rouge suburbs make large population gains

    February 4, 2011 12:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE The suburbs of Baton Rouge were among Louisiana's fastest growing parishes over the last decade, while the parishes hardest-hit by hurricanes Katrina and Rita had the largest losses. Louisiana received its more detailed breakdown of the 2010 Census data Thursday. Among the statistics: -Ascension and Livingston parishes had... more »
  • EBR Schools closed on Friday, Feb. 4

    February 3, 2011 1:39 PM

    Below is a statement from EBR Parish School System regarding classes being canceled on Friday, Feb. 4: "Due to the possibility of inclement winter weather in the Baton Rouge area overnight and into the morning hours, all schools and administrative offices in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System... more »
  • EBR School system promises changes after News 2 report

    January 27, 2011 11:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge School System has promised to change the way pre-kindergarten registration is done, after hundreds of parents braved the cold Thursday morning to ensure their child has a school to go to next fall. After waiting for hours in sub-freezing temperatures, many parents... more »
  • ACLU: Suspension over Facebook message went too far

    January 12, 2011 2:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A student suspended after posting a message on Facebook which said he hated his teacher has had the suspension reversed, according to the ACLU of Louisiana. According to a press release from the ACLU, the East Baton Rouge Parish School System removed the suspension from the student's... more »
  • Meeting to discuss EBR school closures underway

    January 6, 2011 5:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board is set to vote on a number of issues at Thursday's meeting. So far, Superintendent John Dilworth has added to his original plan. The additions include keeping Polk Elementary open two more years, but they must improve enrollment... more »
  • Psychiatric patient escapes twice

    January 5, 2011 6:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The search is over for a mental patient that escaped from the Greenwell Springs mental hospital. Thirty-year-old Crandell Turner went missing around 11 p.m. Tuesday night. He was found 3 miles away on Magnolia Bridge Rd. According to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, this... more »
  • Boil advisory issued in East Feliciana Parish

    January 5, 2011 2:54 PM

    A boil advisory has been issued for parts of East Feliciana Parish. The East Feliciana Reeves Morgan Water System has experienced problems with the water supply system at the Dawson Road Well. The boil advisory is effective immediately and includes the following areas: Hatfield Lane, Motel Lane, Highway... more »

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