February 25, 2015 10:33 PM
BATON ROUGE - The city will jump start five Green Light road construction projects thanks to bond refinancing that will generate $40 million.
The entire project is paid for by a 2005 half-cent sales tax program. So far, about $508 million has been spent on upgrades across the parish.... more »
February 17, 2015 10:29 PM
BATON ROUGE - The city posted its six job openings related to six newly-created divisions of city government Monday.
Voters approved reorganizing the Department of Public Works in December. The six positions will serve as the chiefs of the new divisions, each tackling separate issues.
The city is... more »
February 12, 2015 11:06 PM
LIVINGSTON - Parish leaders approved putting two tax measures on the May ballot Thursday night.
One is the second attempt for the fire department covering the Holden area. A tax renewal failed in December. The department believes low voter turnout and knowledge about the renewal caused the defeat.
... more »
January 28, 2015 11:31 PM
BATON ROUGE - Metro Council approved two items Wednesday dealing with sidewalk construction .
The approvals allow DPW to move forward with accepting federal money to build sidewalks in Gardere and a neighborhood in North Baton Rouge. The city will used surplus money from similar projects to fund its... more »
January 28, 2015 9:05 PM
BATON ROUGE - The traffic nightmare in the capital city is getting worse, according to numbers from the state.
Wednesday, the Department of Transportation released its findings of traffic incidents in 2014.
The number of incidents are up by more than 1400, accidents blocking lanes increased by 36... more »
January 22, 2015 3:39 PM
AMITE - The longest-serving parish president announced he will retire from public office when his term ends near the end of the year.
Gordon Burgess, who has been in charge of Tangipahoa Parish for almost thirty years, said he is retiring with pride on December 31. He was the... more »
January 12, 2015 10:40 PM
BATON ROUGE - Tuesday, members of the Comite River Diversion Canal Project Task Force are expected to get an update from the Department of Transportation and Development and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about how to handle an issue over receiving federal money to help build the long-planned diversion... more »
December 17, 2014 10:49 PM
GONZALES- In an unheard of unanimous vote by the city council Wednesday night, two people were nominated for open positions on the council.
Barbara Duhe, a retired city worker, was appointed to fill the seat left vacant when Timothy Vessel was recalled earlier this month. Seventy-five percent of voters... more »
December 16, 2014 10:45 PM
SORRENTO- The town council overwhelmingly approved selling off police equipment Tuesday night.
City leaders declared police cruisers, guns, desks - everything once used by officers - as surplus property. It allows the city to sell the merchandise to other area departments or at a public auction.
Last month,... more »
December 12, 2014 2:19 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - It's now up to the Senate to pass a huge $1.1 trillion spending bill to keep the government running, but not before a battle between old school veterans and new breed freshmen such as tea partier Ted Cruz and Elizabeth Warren, a liberal with a national following.... more »
December 9, 2014 9:32 PM
BATON ROUGE- City leaders approved the mayor's $830 million spending plan for 2015 which will include two police academies to train as many as sixty new police officers.
The budget was approved Tuesday evening. The Metro Council made no changes to the plan but did voice some concern about... more »
November 25, 2014 11:23 PM
BATON ROUGE- Three-dozen homes in a small neighborhood were the first collection of houses accepted into the city limits in an effort to remove itself from possibly being in the city limits of the City of St. George Tuesday night.
The Metro Council approved annexing the Legacy Court subdivision... more »
November 24, 2014 11:22 PM
BATON ROUGE- A state senator said he was puzzled about the state of a man who broke into his posh downtown apartment last week .
Charles Johnson, 55, was arrested and charged with burglary, criminal damage to property and trespassing after an altercation with Senator Gerald Long and his... more »
November 21, 2014 10:40 PM
BATON ROUGE- State Senator Gerald Long and his wife walked in on a suspected burglar inside their posh, selectively-awarded capital apartment Thursday night.
According to documents obtained by WBRZ News 2, Long and his wife were surprised by Charles Johnson, 55, in the living room of their unit on... more »
November 12, 2014 2:10 PM
NEW YORK- The Energy Department now predicts the average price of gasoline will be below $3 a gallon in 2015. The dramatically lower estimate will save U.S. consumers and the economy more than $60 billion if it holds true. The department's Energy Information Administration predicts in its most recent short-term... more »
November 5, 2014 6:42 PM
BATON ROUGE- The mayor released his proposed budget for the city-parish Wednesday and it did not include a raise for all city workers but promised raises instead.
For years, rank and file workers have asked for an increase. Last year, the city performed a pay study to determine possible... more »
November 4, 2014 5:40 PM
BATON ROUGE - According to U.S. Housing and Urban Development the number of homeless people in Louisiana has dramatically decreased.
A recent study done by the government, said homelessness in the state has gone down more than 50 percent since 2010. The study also said that currently there are... more »
October 29, 2014 10:52 PM
BATON ROUGE- East Baton Rouge Parish ranked among the top two in early voting turnout for the last week.
In EBR, 22,051 votes were cast early. Orleans Parish voters cast 23,149.
Statewide, a little more than 230,000 voters cast a ballot early and most were Democrats.
While... more »
October 28, 2014 12:46 PM
WASHINGTON - AT&T is being sued by the government over allegations it misled millions of smartphone customers about its unlimited data plans. The Federal Trade Commission says AT&T failed to adequately disclose to customers that it would reduce data speeds if they went over a certain amount of data use... more »
October 27, 2014 10:47 PM
NEW ORLEANS- In a debate where WBRZ anchor Michael Marsh was a panelist, two of the three leading candidates for U.S. Senate hounded political gridlock and Congressman Bill Cassidy who did not appear in the Monday evening debate.
"I believe that America is the last great hope on earth,... more »
October 24, 2014 11:09 PM
BATON ROUGE- Louisiana highway chiefs said Friday, the state has discontinued the use of guardrails caught up in an investigation and lawsuit surrounding allegations the design was changed and have caused people to lose limbs or even die in crashes across the country.
"DOTD has discontinued the use of... more »
October 14, 2014 4:16 PM
SORRENTO- A 71-year-old great-grandmother appears to be the de facto police chief of this small town since all of her opponents withdrew.
Fern Barnett is now listed as the "unopposed" candidate on the Secretary of State's candidate's list. Barnett is listed as a Democrat.
"Different things have been... more »
October 9, 2014 11:04 PM
JACKSON- State Representative Kenneth Havard wants an oversight committee to discuss the proposed rule changes to the Office of Group Benefits.
Havard said the process dealing with healthcare changes for state workers and retirees has been flawed.
"The administration did not follow the Administrative Procedures Act. The APA... more »
October 8, 2014 10:45 PM
BATON ROUGE- City leaders decided on a series of items at Wednesday's Metro Council meeting.
The council approved a transfer of an abandoned fire station on Laurel Street to the Mid City Redevelopment Alliance. The organization wants to renovate the Old Fire Station 1 into offices for the organization.... more »
October 5, 2014 10:43 AM
WASHINGTON - The latest Associated Press-GfK poll finds that Americans lack confidence in the government's ability to protect their personal safety and economic security. It's a sign that people's widespread unease about the state of the nation extends far beyond politics. More than half of those questioned say Washington can't... more »
September 10, 2014 10:13 PM
BATON ROUGE - Retired General Russel Honore believes President Barack Obama's address to the nation was a declaration of war.
"We are doing the equivalent of... going to war with ISIS," Honore said.
But Honore said this is not the declaration of past days when a nation would... more »
September 9, 2014 4:50 PM
BATON ROUGE - Ahead of a Wednesday hearing to determine the fate of Mary Roper as parish attorney, Roper's attorneys are blasting the Metro Council for its attempts to fire her and released details of their own investigation into accusations Roper broke the rules.
The calls for Roper's dismissal... more »
September 8, 2014 2:40 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congress is returning for a short September session in between its summer break and the November elections. The must-do list includes preventing a government shutdown and extending a freeze on taxing access to the Internet. Lawmakers also will find time for votes conveying political messages primed for... more »
September 3, 2014 10:41 PM
GONZALES- City leaders took a stand against their colleagues Wednesday, signing a petition to recall two members of the city council.
Mayor Barney Arceneaux, councilmen Kenny Matassa and Kirk Boudreaux and Police Chief Sherman Jackson signed the form to set a recall vote that could oust councilmen Timothy Vessel... more »
August 27, 2014 7:52 AM
GONZALES - Leaders in Ascension Parish broke ground on a new governmental complex Wednesday morning.
The goal is to have more offices under the same roof. Prep work began about two weeks ago, but the official ribbon cutting began at 9:00 a.m.
The new complex is being constructed... more »
August 26, 2014 7:57 PM
BATON ROUGE - Conflicting information from the federal government shows, to a degree, how many illegal children have crossed into the United States and found refuge with sponsors in Louisiana.
The Office of Refugee Resettlement reports on a state-by-state list that there are 1,275 children in Louisiana. Then, on... more »
August 20, 2014 10:04 PM
SORRENTO- A 71-year-old great-grandmother has entered the race for police chief in this small town.
Fern Barnett, who had been a clerk for the city and the department, qualified for the election on the first day candidates could sign up. By Wednesday evening, she was the only person listed... more »
August 13, 2014 3:34 PM
BATON ROUGE - Metro Council members voted down a controversial fairness ordinance 8-4 Wednesday night after multiple meetings with impassioned pleas from both sides of the debate.
The ordinance would have banned discrimination against gay, lesbian, and transgender people.
Security had been increased at City Hall since Council... more »
August 11, 2014 4:29 PM
CHILMARK, MA - President Obama is giving his approval to the appointment of a prime minister to replace Nouri al-Maliki and urging the formation of a new government in Iraq as soon as possible. In brief remarks delivered at his vacation spot in Martha's Vineyard, Obama said he and Vice... more »
August 1, 2014 8:32 PM
WASHINGTON - The House approved a $694 million bill to address the crisis of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, many of whom have sought refuge in Louisiana.
Late Friday, the GOP legislation passed 223-189 on a nearly party-line vote. The bill was pulled a day earlier because of... more »
July 31, 2014 2:26 PM
NEW YORK - Twitter says government requests for user data grew sharply in the past six months as more countries asked for a greater amount of information about users. More than half of the requests came from the United States. Twitter Inc. said in a blog post Thursday that it... more »
July 18, 2014 2:55 PM
BATON ROUGE- In another blow to people who lost around $1 billion in a Ponzi scheme, the SEC lost its appeal to recoup money for victims of R. Allen Stanford.
Stanford was convicted and sentenced in 2012 of using investors money to fund companies that went out of business.... more »
July 3, 2014 8:57 PM
BATON ROUGE- Congressman Bill Cassidy's unmarried, 17-year-old daughter, is pregnant the doctor told media outlets Thursday.
Cassidy, a conservative Republican running for U.S. Senate against Democrat Mary Landrieu, is campaign on a traditional family values platform. He is considered the leading GOP candidate for the seat. CNN.com reported Landrieu... more »
June 27, 2014 7:16 AM
BATON ROUGE - HB-142 was unanimously passed by the Louisiana House and Senate with the goal of cutting government waste by giving more oversight to government contracts.
Governor Jindal had other ideas. He vetoed the bill. State Treasurer John Kennedy stopped by 2une In Friday with his reaction. more »
June 27, 2014 6:29 AM
GONZALES- Fueled by record collections of sales and property taxes buoyed by growth in the industrial sector in 2013, a newly released financial audit finds Ascension Parish government cut its debts by $10 million and boosted its net worth to $152.5 million. The costs of primary government rose $4.5 million... more »
June 18, 2014 10:31 PM
BATON ROUGE- A public school teacher explained Common Core as a method to encourage students to take control of the conversation when it comes to solving problems and developing their critical thinking skills.
"We really become facilitators. We facilitate questions to them and they are the ones that are... more »
June 10, 2014 8:49 PM
BAKER- City leaders refused to increase water and sewer rates at a meeting Tuesday evening.
The mayor said the most expensive increase would barely double rates but not everyone would see an increase that high. Water rates would increase between $6 and $8, sewer rates would raise bills about... more »
June 9, 2014 8:38 PM
BAKER- City leaders scrapped a plan for an ordinance that would have required a special permit before certain venues can host birthday parties or similar events for teenagers. Instead, city council members decided on writing a resolution to encourage businesses to follow a list of suggested ways to make events... more »
May 29, 2014 4:12 AM
BATON ROUGE - Senators have approved a nearly $25 billion budget to finance state government operations and services next year. The spending plan includes new spending on health care and education programs. Rank-and-file state workers would get a pay raise, but would also face new premium hikes for health insurance.... more »
May 23, 2014 10:00 PM
MONROE- The kissing congressman is not ruling out a future career in politics.
According to Politico , Vance McAllister is not quite ready to leave politics completely. The website posted this week, McAllister was quite open about his future in what is described as a brief interview about his... more »
May 19, 2014 10:53 PM
WATSON- Organizers of a drive to incorporate this unincorporated area of Livingston Parish told people who gathered to hear an update on the campaign Monday night, canvassers have gathered half of the required signatures to get the issue on a ballot.
The effort, which failed 15 years ago, is... more »
May 15, 2014 9:27 PM
BATON ROUGE- Public school system leaders denounced a legislative plan to give more power to principals and slash the power of school boards.
The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board approved a resolution opposing Senate Bill 636. Two board members, David Tatman and Barbara Freiberg, abstained. Essentially, the bill... more »
May 14, 2014 11:46 PM
PORT ALLEN- Change was the topic of conversation Wednesday night as Richard Lee III sat in the mayor's chair, leading his first council meeting since becoming mayor.
Since taking office after winning an election in April, defeating former mayor Deedy Slaughter, Lee has talked with council members about everyone... more »
April 23, 2014 6:22 PM
BATON ROUGE- City leaders approved annexing a new big box retail store, the movie production studios and a bank at their meeting Wednesday afternoon.
Costco, Celtic, and a credit union along Airline Highway and its intersection with I-12 are now inside the city limits of Baton Rouge. The move... more »
April 22, 2014 10:46 PM
BATON ROUGE- City leaders will discuss a list of items Wednesday, some of which are expected to be controversial, when they meet for the regular Metro Council meeting.
A series of traffic solutions are on the agenda. Traffic engineers are asking to synch more stop lights with a new... more »
April 22, 2014 10:38 PM
BAKER- City leaders discussed a series of important issues that have become talking point among people in all parts of the capital region.
Tuesday night, violent crime, sagging pants and an unwanted landfill were discussed at the city council meeting.
Parents were encouraged to talk to their kids... more »
April 10, 2014 3:18 PM
BATON ROUGE- Governor Bobby Jindal joined the Louisiana Republican Party in saying Rep. Vance McAllister should resign amid the kissing scandal.
"Congressman McAllister's behavior is an embarrassment and he should resign," the governor said Thursday.
McAllister said a day earlier, he was not expecting to be in Washington,... more »
April 9, 2014 10:23 PM
PORT ALLEN- Fences are on the mend here, just days after voters elected a new mayor and ended a more than year-long ordeal that centered around the actions of the town's former mayor.
The city council and Richard Lee, the newly-elected mayor, are meeting and talking about how to... more »
April 9, 2014 4:51 PM
BATON ROUGE- Mayor-President Kip Holden is pushing a Senate bill, he believes, would give the city-parish more time to vet a move by residents in the southeast area of the parish to breakaway and form their own city.
"We don't think it's good for the City of Baton Rouge,"... more »
April 9, 2014 10:01 AM
You've likely heard meteorologists and weather forecasters reference the "models." What are these mystical characters in weather lure? Are they beautiful people with a keen knack for meteorology? Or are they some kind of futuristic atmosphere prognosticating robots? Unfortunately, they are closer to the latter.
Weather forecast models are... more »
April 8, 2014 11:25 PM
MONROE- The Louisiana congressman who was caught kissing a woman other than his wife on his office surveillance cameras plans to ask federal investigators to probe the leak of the recording Wednesday.
Vance McAllister (R-Monroe), through his chief of staff, told KNOE TV , he will discuss a possible... more »
April 7, 2014 4:19 PM
MONROE - Newly-elected Congressman Vance McAllister asked for forgiveness Monday, after a video purportedly showing him kissing a woman who wasn't his wife surfaced on the Internet .
McAllister's staff did not answer phone calls, but released a statement hours after the video was posted.
"There's no doubt... more »
April 5, 2014 10:52 PM
PORT ALLEN- Saturday's election that booted Deedy Slaughter from a municipal position for some time was the culmination from a nearly 14-month ordeal that began when the WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit uncovered questions about a trip Slaughter took to Washington, D.C.
Slaughter used city money to pay for... more »
April 5, 2014 10:46 PM
CENTRAL- Voters elected a new mayor and police chief and began to fill their town council during an election Saturday.
"Jr." Shelton was elected mayor with 59% of the vote and James Salsbury was elected chief with 52% of the vote. About 7600 people cast a ballot.
"Shane"... more »
April 5, 2014 8:06 PM
PORT ALLEN- The results of early voting have former mayor Deedy Slaughter losing her battle to get her job back.
> UPDATE: All precincts have reported and Slaughter lost the mayoral election. Click HERE for an updated story.
Four of the 14 precincts report Richard Lee as the... more »
April 5, 2014 5:25 PM
BATON ROUGE- A number of communities decided on city leaders and taxes Saturday.
Polls closed at 8 p.m. and you can get preliminary results HERE .
In East Baton Rouge, voters decided on municipal elections in Central where a new mayor and police chief were being elected along... more »
April 2, 2014 12:20 AM
BATON ROUGE- State Treasurer John Kennedy hopes lawmakers will back a proposal to regulate non-profits that receive state money.
The groups have been under Kennedy's microscope since some have failed to submit paperwork outline how taxpayer money was spent. Following a series of WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit reports... more »
March 13, 2014 9:57 PM
PORT ALLEN- One of five people vying to be the city's next mayor was booked into jail on an outstanding warrant.
Larry Bell was arrested on a cruelty to animals charge by Port Allen Police. Details about the alleged crime were not released.
The mayoral election is set... more »
March 12, 2014 10:35 PM
BATON ROUGE- City leaders approved a plan to take control over busy roads from the state, streamlining and expediting road construction on the major thoroughfares.
Wednesday, the metro council approved a move to take Government Street, a section of Nicholson Drive, and River Road from the control of the... more »
March 10, 2014 11:10 PM
BATON ROUGE- Among the eleven pre-filed bills that lawmakers hope to become law during the regular legislative session at the state capitol, one requires doctors report performing an abortion.
Written by Monroe Democrat and House member Katrina Jackson, House Bill 388, creates a catalog of procedures when one is... more »
February 26, 2014 11:27 PM
BATON ROUGE- In what some called a battle to change the dynamics of the push to create the City of St. George, the Baton Rouge Metro Council was to decide on changing three members of the St. George Fire Board but failed to get enough support to make drastic adjustments... more »
February 24, 2014 10:19 PM
BATON ROUGE- The president of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association is taking an argument over his health, a pending lawsuit, and threats of his arrest public after a judge issued a bench warrant for Don Briggs when he failed to appear in a Baton Rouge courtroom Monday.
Briggs... more »
February 19, 2014 3:31 PM
GONZALES- Trina Scott Edwards, the wife of former governor and convicted felon Edwin Edwards, said a national report released Wednesday suggesting Edwards had made up his mind about running for Congress was inaccurate.
Scott Edwards believes her husband was misquoted by the writer in a phone conversation recently where... more »
February 18, 2014 10:31 PM
SORRENTO- City leaders delayed a decision on selecting an interim police chief Tuesday.
Instead of dealing with the issue, the council decided it was best to wait until a special meeting next week. The town must appoint someone soon, or the governor's office will be required to make the... more »
February 17, 2014 10:59 PM
LIVINGSTON- After months of deadlock, the parish council and parish president in Livingston Parish agreed on hiring a road engineer to prioritize roads that need to be resurfaced and leaders will begin meeting with the engineer this week.
First, Layton Ricks will meet with the agency hired to make... more »
February 17, 2014 10:39 PM
BATON ROUGE- Capital Area Transit System leaders will discuss leasing more office space for staff and extra parking spaces for additional buses at a meeting Tuesday.
CATS, which is funded through a controversial property tax, is considering occupying one floor of Mid City Towers, formerly Dean Tower, a 14-story... more »
February 17, 2014 4:31 PM
BATON ROUGE- The state's elected insurance watchdog blames lawyers in New Orleans for the state's exorbitant car insurance premiums.
Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon said "ambulance chasers" have designed a framework industry to increases costs and maximize settlement claims. Donelon called it a "soft tissue industry."
"It's made up... more »
February 17, 2014 3:30 PM
SORRENTO- The Louisiana Board of Ethics spent the morning at the town hall Monday, but details about why political inspectors were in Ascension Parish were not revealed.
The board typically does not confirm or deny an investigation, which is usually prompted by a complaint. Details of complaints are also... more »
February 13, 2014 11:46 PM
LIVINGSTON- Road projects will begin soon since the parish council and president met on common ground and hired a road engineer to tackle the parish road program.
The road rehab project has been on hold since the parish president and council could not agree on the procedure to hire... more »
February 13, 2014 11:42 PM
PORT ALLEN- The parish council in West Baton Rouge hired a parish-wide fire chief Thursday night.
Port Allen Assistant Fire Chief Charles Stephens was appointed to lead the effort of consolidating six fire districts into one. Eventually, he'll oversee the one, main district.
There had been complaints of... more »
February 12, 2014 11:10 PM
BATON ROUGE- There was no agreement on what to do about a controversial tax decision some said would stifle the plans for the City of St. George, so an agenda item about locking in sales taxes collected in unincorporated East Baton Rouge Parish died Wednesday night.
The Metro Council... more »
January 22, 2014 10:32 PM
BATON ROUGE- The governor said he may be open to considering legalizing marijuana for medical purposes in Louisiana, but said he does not support full legalization.
"It's an issue I'll look at closely and will consider closely and will consider under strict supervision for patients that will benefit from... more »
January 22, 2014 10:21 PM
BATON ROUGE- Work will likely continue overnight Wednesday, and drivers who use Government Street should expect work to continue into the Thursday commute, effectively closing it to traffic for the morning rush.
A pipe leaked under the roadway causing a large hole to develop. The hole closed the two... more »
January 22, 2014 11:09 AM
BATON ROUGE - Repair work in the 1500 block of Government Street is expected to finish up by tomorrow, if all goes according to plan according to traffic officials.
Authorities closed Government Street in both directions after a leak in a sewer pipe underground. By Wednesday afternoon crews have... more »
January 16, 2014 11:26 PM
WASHINGTON- A spending plan approved by Congress Thursday includes temporary relief for some homeowners who face skyrocketing flood insurance rates.
The measure postpones rate increases for people who have had the same flood insurance policy since about June 2012. For newer homeowners and policy holders, there will be no... more »
January 15, 2014 10:55 PM
WASHINGTON- Senator David Vitter (R-Louisiana) is pushing to require people who use food stamps to show a valid photo ID when buying items.
"Using a photo ID is standard in many day to day transactions, and most of those are not exclusively paid for by the taxpayer dollars," Vitter... more »
January 14, 2014 10:46 PM
BAKER- City leaders gave a homeowner less than three months to demolish his home after it burned when a plane crashed into it seven months ago.
Since the crash, the home has sat vacant and charred. Neighbors say it's an eyesore and want it torn down.
The pilot... more »
December 23, 2013 9:32 PM
PORT ALLEN- City leaders agreed on a spending plan to fund city services Monday, some six months after a budget should have been approved.
The interim mayor, who is at the helm of city hall until special elections in April and May since Deedy Slaughter was recalled, and the... more »
December 10, 2013 10:34 PM
ZACHARY- City leaders will gather in a special committee to look at enacting stricter rules to deal with peddlers after a number of complaints and even arrests recently.
The city's police chief was among those who complained about annoying knocks at the front door. Often, the people knocking don't... more »