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  • Mayor Broome to hold series of meetings on road tax plan Play Video

    August 13, 2017 6:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In order to have better roads and transportation in East Baton Rouge Parish, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome says taxes may have to increase, but she wants your input before anything is finalized. For the next month, she will be holding a series of public meetings around... more »
  • Final flood debris removal in EBR to begin July 10

    July 7, 2017 5:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE – City-Parish crews will begin their final pass for flood debris removal across East Baton Rouge Parish on Monday, July 10. The pass is for any remaining debris collection needs for residents that were impacted by the August 2016 flood. Debris removal operations will conclude... more »
  • EBR school officials considering school bus tracking technology Play Video

    May 18, 2017 7:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Parents may soon be able to track their child's school bus in East Baton Rouge Parish. School officials are looking into equipping school buses with tracking technology. About 35,000 students ride the bus every day and officials are trying to find ways to help answer... more »
  • Sanctioned by ethics board, councilman said alternative was worse Play Video

    May 18, 2017 12:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE- East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Councilman Buddy Amoroso agreed to pay a $5,000 fine to the State Ethics Board Thursday morning , after it launched a confidential investigation that lasted about a year regarding a contract his family business had with the City-Parish of East Baton Rouge. Amoroso... more »
  • Surprise Tornado Friday: what happened? Play Video

    May 12, 2017 2:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - On Friday, an EF-1 tornado briefly touched down in East Baton Rouge Parish near Old Hammond Highway. Video confirmed the twister and damage photos verify what was surely a terrifying stretch of seconds for those nearby. Misused media phrase: "It came without warning." Usually, there... more »
  • Report: EBR COA used public funds to campaign for tax increase Play Video

    May 8, 2017 9:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE – The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging used public resources, including money, staff time and nonprofit postage permit to support a tax proposition in 2016, according to a state audit released Monday. According to Louisiana’s Legislative Auditor, the COA management ran Support our Seniors, a political... more »
  • Matthew Morris says through attorney liens will be dropped Play Video

    April 13, 2017 11:26 AM

    UPDATE: Matthew Morris was booked on four counts of residential contract fraud, two counts of theft and one count of insurance fraud Thursday. Morris' lawyer released this statement Friday: "Mr. Morris is innocent of the criminal charges against him. This is a civil matter, not a criminal one,... more »
  • EBR flood-debris removal to end Feb. 7

    January 13, 2017 11:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE – City-Parish officials have announced that flood-debris removal operations will end in East Baton Rouge Parish on Feb. 7. Residents in the parish who are still in need of flood-debris removal services must move any debris curbside by Monday, Jan. 16 for crews to collect it during... more »
  • Voters pass property tax for EBR Council on Aging

    November 8, 2016 5:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Voters approved a property tax that would create more money for the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging. In a close vote, the measure was passed with 90,791 votes (51 percent). The tax would be a 2.25 mill property tax for 10 years that would... more »
  • White, Weston Broome advance to EBR Mayoral runoff

    November 8, 2016 5:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Bodi White and Sharon Weston Broome have entered a runoff for East Baton Rouge Mayor-President following Tuesday's election. A dozen people were running in the race that featured business leaders along with members of city and state government. There were four republicans, four democrats and four... more »
  • Deadline to set out flood debris for pick-up in EBR Nov. 6

    November 2, 2016 12:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The deadline for residents to put out their remaining debris curbside to the public right-of-way is Nov. 6. Any debris that is not curbside by Nov. 6 may not be collected by crews. City-Parish officials are urging any residents who are not able to meet the... more »
  • EBR residents seeing more rodents around homes Play Video

    November 1, 2016 5:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE – East Baton Rouge is seeing an uptick in rodents roaming around homes. The East Baton Rouge Mosquito Abatement and Rodent Control facility said the number of calls for rodent inspection increases this time of year. "Most of the time there's an active borough you'll see... more »
  • EBR disaster recovery center to close Oct. 20

    October 18, 2016 5:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The FEMA disaster recovery center in East Baton Rouge Parish is closing on Oct. 20. The center, located at the Zachary Men's Club on Rollins Road, will close at 6 p.m. Officials say that the need for the center has diminished and will result in... more »
  • Mosquito aerial spraying set for Thursday night in EBR

    October 6, 2016 4:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Mosquito aerial spraying will take place in the southeast part of East Baton Rouge parish on Thursday night, weather permitting, according to officials. The spray area will be along Highland Road from Huntington Drive on the west to the Country Club of Louisiana. According to... more »
  • Mayor-president candidates participate in forum

    October 3, 2016 9:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge mayor-president candidates met at a mayoral candidate forum Monday evening at the Louisiana State Archives Building on Essen Lane. The forum, hosted by The Louisiana Center for Health Equality along with the League of Women Voters of Louisiana, took place from 6 p.m. to... more »
  • Officials give updates on flood damage in EBR Play Video

    September 12, 2016 7:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Officials gave updates on the damage to City-Parish property experienced in last month's flood and they say it is staggering. The Baton Rouge Police Department had 90 of its units flooded and is working with FEMA for those to hopefully be replaced, along with the equipment inside.... more »
  • EBR students return for first day of school since flood Play Video

    September 6, 2016 4:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Tuesday was the first day of school for students in East Baton Rouge since the recent historic flooding. It was the second time students experienced a first day back to school since summer break. "We only came to school for two days, and then the... more »
  • EBR school buses prep for students' return since flood Play Video

    September 5, 2016 6:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Students in East Baton Rouge will head back to school on Tuesday and the school system wants to make sure that kids will continue to have the option of riding the bus. With the start of each school bus, bus drivers' number one concern is the... more »
  • FEMA to open disaster recovery center in EBR Monday

    August 28, 2016 8:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE – FEMA will open another disaster recovery center in East Baton Rouge Parish Monday. According to a statement released Sunday, the center will be open from from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week until further notice at the following location: Baker Council on... more »
  • FEMA approves debris removal from churches, small businesses

    August 28, 2016 5:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE – City-Parish crews will start removing debris from faith-based organizations and small businesses, Mayor-President Kip Holden announced Sunday. According to a statement Sunday, East Baton Rouge Parish received approval from federal emergency officials to remove debris from businesses, churches, homeowners’ associations and others eligible for FEMA reimbursements.... more »
  • EBR collects 51,000 cubic yards of debris in first week

    August 26, 2016 1:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Mayor-President Kip Holden announced Friday that crews have collected more than 51,000 cubic yards of flood debris over the last week, and that number will continue to grow. Holden said crews picked up nearly 17,000 cubic yards of debris just Thursday. And the work is... more »
  • City-Parish launches flood inundation map

    August 19, 2016 8:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE – City-Parish officials released a flood inundation map that provides depictions of estimated flooding following the severe weather in the area. The map shows data inputs such as 911 calls, Baton Rouge Fire Department calls for rescue, 311 requests for flood-related service, City of Zachary damage assessments, FEMA... more »
  • Cox teams work to restore outages in Livingston, Ascension and EBR

    August 19, 2016 6:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Cox Communications teams will continue to work in Livingston, Ascension and East Baton Rouge areas to repair outages to those who have been impacted by the recent flooding. The company says that customers in Livingston Parish should see services restored in some non-flooded areas as soon as... more »
  • EBR students to return on Wednesday; some schools relocate

    August 18, 2016 6:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE – East Baton Rouge Parish superintendent and school officials gave an update on the status of multiple schools in the area on Thursday afternoon following the recent flooding. Superintendent Warren Drake announced that East Baton Rouge parish students were to report to school on Wednesday, Aug. 24... more »
  • After looting arrests, EBR, Livingston, Zachary sets curfew

    August 16, 2016 4:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A curfew is being put in place in Baton Rouge as authorities respond to reports of looting. Multiple arrests were made Monday and authorities were fielding calls Tuesday about businesses being looted. The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office says the curfew will be in effect from... more »
  • EBR schools say equipment in compliance after player's injury Play Video

    May 5, 2016 11:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A high school football player remains in the hospital after a serious injury incurred during a practice Wednesday afternoon . Sources said Marcus Thomas, number 37, is in ICU at an area hospital. Thomas, who will be a junior in the fall at Scotlandville High, is... more »
  • EBR Head Start Program to hold Recruitment Fun Day Play Video

    April 8, 2016 4:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Now is the time to sign your children up for the 2016-2017 East Baton Rouge Head Start Program. The Head Start Program helps children develop through comprehensive activities relating to health, education, disabilities and family services. It offers services for all children, including many of those with special... more »
  • Free sandbags available to EBR residents at fire stations

    March 11, 2016 12:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The City-Parish is offering free sandbags to East Baton Rouge residents due to the recent severe weather and flooding. Sand bags will be available to residents at the following fire stations: Station 7, 5758 Claycut Street, (225) 389-4653 Station 9, 4025 Perkins Road, (225) 389-4655... more »
  • Chase in Scotlandville ends in crash, manhunt

    January 28, 2016 6:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A pursuit that ended in a car crashing into a fire hydrant in Scotlandville prompted deputies to search for a second possible suspect Thursday afternoon. According to East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, one person is in custody after a vehicle hit a fire hydrant at Douglas... more »
  • Overnight apartment fire under investigation, 1 dead Play Video

    January 7, 2016 9:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Fire officials have identified the man found dead inside an apartment building Thursday morning in Baton Rouge. Firefighters responded to a fire at the Brandywine Apartment on Darryl Drive around 2:30 A.M. The victim was found once the flames were contained. Coroners later identified the... more »
  • New push for mandatory seat belts on school buses

    November 10, 2015 5:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Federal Traffic Safety Administration is considering making seat belts mandatory on school buses. Safety administrators say school districts need to work with bus manufacturers and the government to implement the safety belts. But, school leaders say some of the details still need to be finalized. "I don't... more »
  • Applicants solicited for open school board seat Play Video

    November 2, 2015 6:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board will appoint someone to serve as an interim board member until there is an election early next year. The board made discussed the procedure at its meeting Monday night since Tarvald Smith resigned. Smith was elected to serve as... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • East Baton Rouge Parish School Board holds retreat

    August 28, 2015 8:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board, whose nine members took office in January, is holding its first retreat. Saturday's retreat also will be the board's first one with new Superintendent Warren Drake, who took over the state's second-largest school system on June 1. Drake and his... more »
  • Baton Rouge school board agrees to lower sports GPA requirement

    August 21, 2015 8:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board has voted unanimously to lower the minimum grade-point average students need to participate in sports and other extracurricular activities from 2.0 to 1.5. The change immediately will allow hundreds of previously excluded teenagers the chance to take part in an array... more »
  • Spending in East Baton Rouge Parish rebounds in June

    August 21, 2015 7:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Consumer and business spending in East Baton Rouge Parish rose by 5.6 percent in June, breaking a string of two months where economic activity was lower than the year before. According to figures released by the city-parish Finance Department, businesses and consumers spent nearly $728.5 million in June.... more »
  • EBR Deputies find missing child alive and well

    August 9, 2015 8:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE- East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Deputies found a missing child alive and well this evening. Investigators said 12-year old Kameron Vincent left her home around 11am, on Mayfair Drive this morning. She was found near a heavy machinery shop in Baton Rouge. Investigators said she appeared... more »
  • First day of classes for some students Play Video

    August 6, 2015 9:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Some kids in Baton Rouge are heading back to class today. School officially starts on Thursday for students in East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana and Tangipahoa Parish. Last month, parents in Tangipahoa Parish asked the school board to postpone the first day of classes because of... more »
  • Ozone alert declared in the Baton Rouge region

    July 28, 2015 9:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The state Department of Environmental Quality has declared an ozone action day because air pollution could get high enough in the afternoon to cause health problems for some people in the Baton Rouge region. Parishes involved in the Tuesday's alert include East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Iberville,... 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 »
  • Sisters of Sophistication's back to school rally Play Video

    July 16, 2015 11:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Sisters of Sophistication organization is holding its 12th annual back to school rally in East Baton Rouge Parish. The event will provide school supplies, lunch, and door prizes for children in the area. Less than 75 kids attended the first ever back to school event. This... more »
  • Baton Rouge library applies for permit for new branch

    July 8, 2015 7:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish Library has applied for a building permit to replace its downtown River Center branch. The new 50,000-square-foot branch is budgeted at $19 million. Mary Stein, assistant library director, says construction documents for the new branch are currently being reviewed by the library system... more »
  • Road repair and rain create EBR traffic nightmare

    June 25, 2015 4:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - What started as an emergency highway repair Thursday morning turned into a wet, miles-long snarl of bumper to bumper traffic in East Baton Rouge. The Department of Transportation and Development sent out a notice around 10 a.m. that one lane would be closed on I-10 West... more »
  • Mayor to hold conference on Summer Feeding Program 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 »
  • Board approves Baton Rouge school superintendent contract

    May 8, 2015 7:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board has voted unanimously to a three-year contract that will allow former Zachary Superintendent Warren Drake to take over as superintendent no later than July 1. Drake would make $235,000 a year in base salary, which is slightly less than what Superintendent... more »
  • Baton Rouge school board, superintendent work out contract

    May 7, 2015 7:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Warren Drake and East Baton Rouge Parish School Board leaders say they have worked out a deal to allow the former Zachary superintendent to take the helm of the second-largest public school system in Louisiana. Drake's proposed employment contract is on Thursday's agenda for a School Board meeting.... more »
  • School board, public to interview EBR Superintendent candidate tonight Play Video

    March 26, 2015 7:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE- East Baton Rouge is making progress in the search for a new superintendent. Warren Drake, the former superintendent in Zachary is the man they want for the job. Tonight, the board is expected to interview him. At last week's meeting the board narrowed the field of... 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 »
  • Beyond Bricks EBR looks to recharge public schools Play Video

    January 28, 2015 6:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Education is a top priority this week with Catholic Schools Week and School Choice Week. Today, Beyond Bricks EBR will also begin a community conversation about public schools. The purpose of the program is to recharge the public school system and make it something to be... more »
  • EBR Libraries seek public input for plans

    January 23, 2015 5:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Parish Library system asked for the public's input in creating a Strategic Plan to improve library services. The library system will hold Strategic Plan Public Input Meetings to gather suggestions on how to improve programs and services. Officials plan to make changes... more »
  • Beyond Bricks EBR needs your help to improve school system Play Video

    January 20, 2015 5:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Community leaders are begging for help hoping to "recharge" the East Baton Rouge school system after being plagued by hardship for several years. Poverty, mental illness and segregation are realities outgoing East Baton Rouge Superintendent Bernard Taylor said need to be talked about. He explained that... more »
  • Music lessons could be sweet sound of student success in BR Play Video

    November 3, 2014 10:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Winbourne Elementary students are learning to read music and play the piano in an effort to help them in other core classes. The East Baton Rouge School District introduced the piano classes at the beginning of the school year. "They were so excited about putting... more »
  • Get a Taste of Baton Rouge, help feed seniors Play Video

    October 22, 2014 7:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE - You can enjoy some good food and music for a great cause at Taste of Baton Rouge. It's a fundraiser for the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging. The agency delivers 125,000 meals through their "Meals on Wheels" Program and over 85,000 hot meals daily to... more »
  • EBR Redevelopment Authority running out of money

    September 29, 2014 6:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish Redevelopment Authority, a public agency responsible for reviving blighted areas in Baton Rouge, is running out of money. The organization, formed in 2007, is responsible for kicking off two high-profile projects in Ardendale - formerly called Smiley Heights - and the redevelopment... more »
  • East Baton Rouge Schools target dropouts

    September 24, 2014 6:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish school system is recruiting students who have dropped out or who are in danger of dropping out to take Internet-based coursework as an alternative route to a diploma. The push, which includes letters and phone calls to their homes as well as... more »
  • Free lunches for EBR students to cost $500,000 Play Video

    July 29, 2014 4:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Figures from the East Baton Rouge Parish School System show the district will have to shell out an extra half-million to provide free lunches for many more students in the distrct. It's part of a federal program by the U.S. Department of Agriculture called the Community... more »
  • New magnet programs in Baton Rouge schools include Mandarin Chinese, broadcasting Play Video

    July 29, 2014 8:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - If you still have not decided where to send your child to school when class resumes this fall, there are some new magnet programs in Baton Rouge schools that could help you make up your mind. Polk Elementary School is offering a Mandarin Chinese Program for... more »
  • Together BR to discuss "grocery gap"

    July 28, 2014 8:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Together Baton Rouge will hold a public meeting Monday night to discuss the "grocery gap" in East Baton Rouge Parish. The EBR Food Access Policy Commission was started by Together BR and the Mayor's Health City Initiative to address the lack of grocery stores in some... more »

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