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  • Painting the City Purple: Domestic violence awareness check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 24, 2015 10:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Butterfly Society is "Painting the City Purple" to raise awareness for domestic violence. The week of events starts with a prayer vigil at the Butterfly Society Garden, 225 S. River Road. To find out more about Painting the City Purple see the schedule of events below and... more »
  • EBR Parish Library's Maker Faire check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 21, 2015 8:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish Library is putting on a free Maker Faire that will feature a variety of craftsmen displaying what they "make" and teaching others about the skill. The event is described as 1/3 science fair, 1/3 craft show and 1/3 something new entirely. The Maker... more »
  • Murdered woman's son, BR resident jailed in Iran

    September 18, 2015 4:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A day after an Iranian man was indicted for arranging the murder of his ex-wife, sources confirmed his son, who lives here as an American citizen and is not implicated in the crime, is jailed in Iran. Friends of Hamed Ghassemi, the son, said he left... more »
  • New Lee High School could get GPA requirement Play Video

    September 16, 2015 6:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Prospective students of Lee High School may have a tougher time getting accepted into the newly-built magnet school. The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board may require students to have at least a 2.5 grade point average during the past two years. It is something the... more »
  • More than 1,700 lose power after truck hits utility pole

    September 14, 2015 3:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Utility officials reported more than 1,700 people lost power in East Baton Rouge after a truck hit a utility pole Monday afternoon. The wreck happened in the 11000 block of South Choctaw, which is in the northeast portion of the parish. The outage appeared to... more »
  • Superintendent ready to improve attendance in students and teachers check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 8, 2015 7:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Classes in Baton Rouge have been in full swing for less than a month, and the superintendent is ready to get a handle on improving attendance and that includes teachers. "Nobody can teach as good as our teachers," said Superintendent Warren Drake. "We want to make sure... more »
  • Mayor holding 11 a.m. press conference on EBR Riverfront

    August 31, 2015 11:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Mayor-President Kip Holden called a press conference Monday morning to present updates on the Baton Rouge Riverfront. Holden's 11 a.m. press conference will be held on the Town Square Stage on North Boulevard and Third Street. The mayor's announcement didn't give any specifics about what... more »
  • Voter registration drive starts Monday

    August 31, 2015 10:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Registration of Voters is hosting a registration drive in East Baton Rouge. The drive is to give qualified voters a chance to sign up or update their voter information. You can also register or update your information at www.GeauxVote.com . Here's the full list of... more »
  • Coroner: Heroin deaths on the rise in Baton Rouge

    August 28, 2015 7:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE- East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Dr. Beau Clark says Baton Rouge is on track to see heroin deaths reach record numbers this year. Shane Evans, the Coroner's Office chief of investigations, says the capital city has already confirmed 24 heroin-related deaths in 2015, and three more are pending... more »
  • Board pushes forward lower GPA for after-school activities

    August 6, 2015 10:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The school board seems to be on board with the new superintendent's plan to lower the GPA requirement for extracurricular activities for students in East Baton Rouge Parish public schools. A board committee - that's also made up of the entire school board - approved the... more »
  • New EBR superintendent excited for upcoming school year check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 5, 2015 1:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Thousands of teachers, faculty and staff gathered in East Baton Rouge Parish to kick off the new school year Wednesday. A before school rally opened with a message from EBR Superintendent Warren Drake to the 6,000 school employees who packed into the Bethany World Prayer Center... more »
  • EBR schools could lower GPA requirements Play Video

    August 4, 2015 5:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Students in East Baton Rouge Parish could have an easier time making the grades to participate in after school activities. Newly appointed Superintendent Warren Drake wants to lower the required grade point average from a 2.0 to a 1.5 to give more kids a chance to participate.... more »
  • EBR schools to receive fruit tree donation check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 30, 2015 9:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Schools in East Baton Rouge are getting a healthy bonus. Every school in the district is set to receive a donation of fruit trees. The trees are being donated by a Dr. Thom Dihn, who hopes the trees will influence students to make healthy eating choices. ... more »
  • DOTD worker injured after falling from bridge, into trench

    July 29, 2015 4:00 PM

    BAYWOOD - A state bridge worker was injured in a construction accident Wednesday afternoon. Emergency crews were called to this rural area of East Baton Rouge Parish, about two miles from the East Feliciana Parish line, to rescue a worker who had fallen off a bridge on Greenwell Springs... more »
  • Website offers window into Baton Rouge government spending

    July 23, 2015 8:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE- East Baton Rouge Parish residents now have a way to know where their tax dollars are going. Mayor-President Kip Holden says the parish launched "Open Budget BR" Wednesday, a website that breaks down city-parish spending and allows people to drill down into department, program, construction and service spending... more »
  • Negotiations for Miss USA cash still going on

    July 1, 2015 1:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City-parish and tourism officials in East Baton Rouge said they're still in talks with Miss USA officials about a six-figure cash incentives payout which is in jeopardy. A spokesperson for the EBR Mayor-President's Office said they have not turned over a $100,000 incentives payout to Miss... more »
  • EBRPSS Superintendent Warren Drake check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 1, 2015 9:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish School System has a new leader this morning. Warren Drake worked as a consultant in May, served as acting superintendent in June, and today he officially begins his term as superintendent. Before coming to Baton Rouge, Drake was the superintendent for the... more »
  • Deputies post road warnings during afternoon storm

    June 30, 2015 4:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies posted high water warnings for a half-dozen streets and roads throughout the parish as heavy rain moved through the capital area Tuesday. The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office said Greenwell Springs had problems with high water at the intersections of Moniticello, Monterrey, and Central... more »
  • Multiple parishes issuing same-sex licenses now check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 29, 2015 11:41 AM

    More than half of the Louisiana parishes began issuing same-sex marriage licenses Monday afternoon, after officials initially advised them to hold off for nearly a month. Jefferson Parish issued the state's first license Monday morning to a couple who work at that parish clerk's office, Celeste Autin and Alesia... more »
  • Drake wants 34 positions eliminated in EBR schools check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 17, 2015 7:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Acting Superintendent for East Baton Rouge Schools, Warren Drake, is proposing a $1 million in cuts to the school district. The cuts would in part come from reducing and eliminating a number of administrative jobs, 34 positions in all. Drake would also hire nine new... more »
  • Missing for 12 days, teen still hasn't been spotted

    June 12, 2015 9:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Days after issuing its first request for help in finding a missing teen, deputies sent a second request out Friday. Hannah Primeaux, 15, has not been seen since June 1st. Deputies first released details of her disappearance on June 9th after her family went eight days... more »
  • Deputies identify victim in Summer Drive Shooting

    June 11, 2015 2:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies have identified the victim in the Summer Drive shooting as 35-year-old D'Andre T. Smith. The shooting happened just after noon. Deputies are still investigating the scene for clues Deputies said Smith was shot and killed in the 5300 block of Summer Drive Thursday.... more »
  • Theft suspect leads deputies on two-parish chase

    June 9, 2015 11:31 PM

    CENTRAL - A suspect in a theft case took East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's deputies on a five-mile chase Tuesday evening. The suspect, whose name has not been released, was wanted for stealing from the Walmart and hit a deputy's cruiser on their way out of the parking lot.... more »
  • Scotlandville residents demand a fix for flood problems check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 1, 2015 7:46 PM

    SCOTLANDVILLE - A distraught neighborhood is demanding a fix to its ongoing flooding problem, and the timing couldn't be better as the 2015 hurricane season is just kicking off. Upset residents documented the scene as the Scotland Villa apartment complex filled up with water when a pumping-system failed in... more »
  • Attempted murder suspect caught in school bus

    May 20, 2015 12:44 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Police said a man suspected of shooting a teen in East Baton Rouge Parish was caught late Tuesday night hiding out in a Lafayette school bus. Police arrested Brian Holliday after they said officers found him and 17-year-old Danielle Anderson hiding in a school bus at Northside... more »
  • Session update: Representative Kenneth Havard check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 20, 2015 11:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE- There are less than four weeks left in the legislative session and lawmakers are still trying to fill the budget gap. This morning Representative Kenneth Havard stopped by 2une in to give News 2's Kylie Dixon an update on what lawmakers have been discussing so far. "There... more »
  • Mayor to hold conference on Summer Feeding Program check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 19, 2015 8:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Free lunches are getting started for children across East Baton Rouge Parish. The USDA Summer Feeding Program works to make sure kids are staying fed while they're out of school. The Summer Feeding Program has been in Baton Rouge for the past 30 years. In the last... more »
  • East Baton Rouge: Beyond Bricks Play Video

    May 15, 2015 9:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Community leaders are continuing their efforts to breathe new life into the public school system. The group, Beyond Bricks, spent months researching what the community wants and needs from their public schools. Now, they're sharing what they've found in an attempt to help move the system forward. ... more »
  • Men sought after using counterfeit money

    May 12, 2015 4:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies released photos Tuesday of two men who used counterfeit money at an East Baton Rouge gas station recently. Detectives said on April 13 two different men came into the Circle K at 6678 Siegen Lane to purchase money orders worth $300 each, using money... more »
  • Election results for May ballot

    May 2, 2015 11:56 PM

    Baton Rouge - All ten tax proposals got a yes from voters in the WBRZ viewing area. Nine of them were renewals and one of them was a new tax. In east Baton Rouge parish, two tax proposals from the St. George Fire Department Passed. A Renewal tax which... more »
  • Power restored to schools, all EBR public students return Thursday

    April 29, 2015 10:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - All East Baton Rouge Parish Public School System campuses will open for class Thursday. A spokesperson for the district said power was restored to all campuses Wednesday, allowing administrators to ready buildings for students Thursday. All students should report to their regularly scheduled classes Thursday morning.... more »
  • Mosquito population explodes

    April 22, 2015 7:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Standing water left behind by last weeks rain is causing the mosquito population to explode. The major concern is West Nile Virus. So parishes with mosquito control workers are out in force this week. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the virus shows no... more »
  • Teacher accused of sex with student posts bond check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 21, 2015 2:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A former Christian Life Academy teacher accused of having sex with one of her students posted a $25,000 bond and was released from jail Wednesday. Sheriff's deputies arrested 27-year-old Amber Anderson Tuesday on charges of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile. Detectives said the student's... more »
  • Board picks Warren Drake as new EBR Schools Superintendent Play Video

    April 2, 2015 5:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge School Board tapped former Zachary superintendent Warran Drake Thursday night to lead the parish's school system. The board voted unanimously for Drake, who was picked over other finalist Charles Michel, the director of special education for Lafourche Parish Schools. Drake worked... more »
  • Election results for four La. parishes

    March 29, 2015 3:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Results are in after voters went to the polls Saturday in four parishes. Here are the results. East Baton Rouge Former Metro Councilman, Darrell Ourso narrowly defeated current Metro Councilman, Buddy Amoroso for the District 66 seat in the Louisiana House of Representatives. The... more »
  • Superintendent candidate's playbook is almost like coaching notes check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 26, 2015 6:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Longtime educator Warren Drake is being considered as the next superintendent for East Baton Rouge Parish School System. Drake was the superintendent for the Zachary Community School System from 2002 to 2012, a school system that has been ranked number one in the state. Drake said... more »
  • Warren Drake could be next EBR Schools superintendent

    March 18, 2015 10:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board selected former Zachary schools superintendent Warren Drake as its lone finalist for its open superintendent position. Drake, who advances to a series of parent meetings and a school board vote, was chosen out of a pool of ten. ... more »
  • 10 apply for EBR superintendent post

    March 13, 2015 2:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Ten people submitted their applications by Friday's deadline to be the next superintendent for the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. The applicants are vying to replace Superintendent Bernard Taylor, whose contract ends this summer. Taylor and the system school board were often at odds with... more »
  • Make the Right Choice for your kid's education check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 11, 2015 9:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The best way to know you are making the right choice when it comes to educating your kids is to know your options. That's why more than 28 East Baton Rouge Parish elementary, middle and high schools will have interactive displays at a fair to showcase... more »
  • Wife arrested after husband killed during burglary check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 3, 2015 10:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies arrested the wife of a man killed Tuesday when detectives said he broke into an East Baton Rouge Parish home. EBRSO spokesperson Casey Rayborn Hicks said Jermoid Wheeler, 31, died in the shooting on Summer Breeze Drive. Investigators later arrested his wife, 36-year-old Deneatrice... more »
  • Deputies freezin' for a reason in Gonzales

    February 28, 2015 6:48 PM

    GONZALES - Ascension, Livingston and East Baton Rouge sheriff's deputies joined forces to take a dive into some chilly waters Saturday morning at the 7th Annual Polar Plunge. The teams jumped into the freezing waters at Cabela's in Gonzales all to raise money for athletes in the Louisiana Special... more »
  • East Baton Rouge Public Defender's Office in crisis check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 25, 2015 6:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Public Defenders Office could be out of money by the end of June and may be forced to layoff attorneys. The results would be a delay in trials for defendants and a release of prisoners awaiting their day in court. Louisiana provides... more »
  • School board sets timetable for hiring new superintendent

    February 11, 2015 9:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE-The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board could name a replacement superintendent as early as April 2nd. The board met Wednesday and formed the groundwork for a search, which the board will spearhead. The school board does not plan to hire a firm to help find candidates. ... more »
  • Early voting for legislative elections today

    February 7, 2015 1:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Secretary of State Tom Schedler reminds voters that early voting for special legislative elections begin Saturday. Four parishes including East Baton Rouge, Iberia, Rapides and Vermilion have elections to fill vacant legislative seats, while Evangeline Parish is hosting a mayoral race in the Village of Turkey Creek. The... more »
  • Meet EBR's Students of the Year Play Video

    February 5, 2015 8:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Hundreds of students, parents and teachers gathered last night to celebrate the best of the best in education: the East Baton Rouge Parish Students of the Year. Dozens of students from just about every school in the system were honored for their academic achievement, leadership and community... more »
  • Best, brightest from EBR schools recognized today Play Video

    February 4, 2015 7:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The best and brightest from East Baton Rouge Schools will be honored today. Dozens of students from Baton Rouge elementary, middle and high schools will be recognized for their academic achievements, before the three "Students of the Year" are named. News 2's John Pastorek will... more »
  • Local kids get dental care for free Play Video

    January 30, 2015 5:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In honor of National Children's Dental Health Month, East Baton Rouge Parish Schools partnered with dentists and organizations to bring free dental care to kids. It's called the "Give Kids a Smile" program, and sponsors include Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital, the Greater Baton... more »
  • Black Light Cosmic Bingo check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 16, 2015 5:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Representatives from the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging, Trudy Bihm and Corey Williams, joined News 2 this Friday to talk about Black Light Cosmic Bingo. Bihm and Williams said the event is a fun and exciting event this Saturday where everything will glow in the... more »
  • Metro Council message: no new taxes check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 14, 2015 6:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Metro Council members voted Wednesday night not to bring East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden's proposal for a 1/4 cent sales tax increase to a public vote. The tax bump would have funded public safety and capital improvement projects. council members in favor of the plan... more »
  • Photos released of EBR bank robber

    January 14, 2015 5:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies released photos of a man who robbed an East Baton Rouge Parish bank Wednesday afternoon. Detectives said the man went into the Regions Bank at 2121 O'neal Lane at 3:40 p.m. and handed the teller a note demanding money. After the teller gave... more »
  • Task force wants to talk to Congress about slow-moving Comite project

    January 13, 2015 10:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A task force set up to monitor the slow-moving Comite River Diversion Project met for the final time Tuesday. The group, set up by an act of the legislature last year, has been discussing ways to get the program to move faster. The canal project is years... more »
  • Officials want to double Blight Court cases handled in 2015 check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 8, 2015 5:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Parish officials said Blight Court numbers are in for 2014 and the effort to eliminate eyesores was a success. The system set up by the parish went into effect last September as the court ramped up an an effort to clean the city... more »
  • 1 million pounds of salt ready for winter weather check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 8, 2015 11:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Transportation officials said they have one million pounds of salt ready to go in case highways around the Baton Rouge area start to ice over Thursday night. The Department of Transportation and Development loaded trucks with sand Thursday and performed full maintenance checks on the equipment... more »
  • Babysitter accused of raping 10-year-old

    January 5, 2015 12:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies arrested an East Baton Rouge man on aggravated rape charges after they said he admitted to sexual conduct with a 10-year-old he was babysitting. Deputies charged 27-year-old Jerry Wayne Veal with aggravated rape after his arrest Sunday. Investigators said the 10-year-old victim had... more »
  • At superintendent's request, contract review pulled check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 18, 2014 5:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A member of the East Baton Rouge Parish school board pulled her request Thursday to extend the contract of the district's departing superintendent. Mary Lynch said at Thursday night's board meeting she wanted to withdraw her item at the request of Superintendent Bernard Taylor, whose contract... more »
  • Police: drug trafficking operation busted in college neighborhood check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 18, 2014 2:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A house in a quiet neighborhood of mostly college students was a cover for a drug trafficking operation, police said in court documents relating to the arrest of Sittipong Jitarun, 31. Jitarun was arrested Thursday at his house in Nicholson Lakes after a search turned up... more »
  • Board member asks to consider Taylor contract extension

    December 16, 2014 12:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Outgoing school board member Mary Lynch requested an item be added to an upcoming school board agenda which would allow the board to extend Superintendent Bernard Taylor's contract for another year. Lynch sent an email to board president David Tatman and vice president Tarvald Smith shortly... more »
  • Third suspect arrested in front door murder

    December 9, 2014 11:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Deputies arrested a third person related to a shooting last week . Tuesday, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office announced it arrested Trevon Sandolph. Sandolph is charged with murder and illegal use of a weapon in the death of Ivan Molina. Byron Maxson and Troy... more »
  • EBR Mayor to kick off Lt. Governor's run

    December 8, 2014 4:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A campaign spokesperson for Mayor-President Kip Holden said he will officially announce his candidacy for lieutenant governor later this week. The spokesperson released a schedule for a campaign announcement this Wednesday, Dec. 10, at the Drusilla Place ballroom. Holden confirmed his plans to run in... more »
  • Sheriff: 2 men charged with murder

    December 6, 2014 2:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Sheriff's deputies say two men are in custody after a man was killed Thursday night. Byron Maxson, 26, was arrested Friday evening. Troy Carter Jr., 26, was captured Saturday morning and is being treated for a gunshot wound at a hospital in Hammond.... more »
  • DA: case is one of the most horrendous he's seen check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 3, 2014 10:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A grand jury indicted a mother and daughter Wednesday for manslaughter after their elderly family member died of neglect inside their home. "I have viewed photographs of the autopsy and it's some of the more horrendous ones I've seen in my 40-year career," East Baton Rouge... more »
  • Christmas angels disguised as deputies help kids' wishes come true

    December 2, 2014 2:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Twenty kids got a chance at having a happier holiday season Tuesday morning. Tuesday, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's deputies took the kids shopping during its annual Shop with a Cop event at Target. The children, nominated by school guidance counselors based on need, got $100 to... more »
  • Officer-involved shooting to cost parish $420,000 Play Video

    November 25, 2014 10:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City leaders voted nine to two in favor of settling a nearly half a million dollar wrongful death lawsuit out of court Tuesday. "It was senseless. It was reckless," Metro Council member C. Denise Marcelle said. In March 2011, Baton Rouge Police Officer Christopher Magee... more »

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