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  • School system hopes to get about $200,000 for Old Clinton High School

    February 2, 2016 7:46 PM

    CLINTON - Again Tuesday, school leaders in East Feliciana Parish agreed to try to find someone to buy the Old Clinton High School on Plank Road near downtown. The building was built in 1903 and has been empty since the 1980's. The school district hopes to sell it to... more »
  • Say it ain't so: Study finds I-10 should be widened, new bridge needed

    February 2, 2016 4:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A gaggle of business executives issued a report on the region's road issues Tuesday, blaming a backlog of projects in part for a lack consensus over its highest priority projects. The analysis by CRISIS - Capital Region Industry for Sustainable Infrastructure Solutions - identified four key... more »
  • Deputy's vacation gets attention of ethics commission

    February 1, 2016 7:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office employee faces ethics fines and charges after an investigation by the state ethics commission. The watchdog body said Mike Crawford accepted gifts from a vendor while working as a purchaser for the sheriff's office in 2013. Crawford identifies himself... more »
  • Metro councilman shocked many people still go to the library Play Video

    January 27, 2016 11:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A simple item on Wednesday's Metro Council agenda about leasing space for a temporary downtown library turned into a bizarre discussion about how many people visit libraries and the economic differences between people on either side of town. The library board wants to spend $14,583.33 a... more »
  • Edwards passes the abortion buck to Landry

    January 26, 2016 8:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lucrative contracts for outside lawyers handling the state's defense of a law requiring abortion doctors to have certain admitting privileges at area hospitals will be supervised by the State Attorney General. The AG will take responsibility from the Department of Health and Hospitals, which had been... more »
  • Orleans government official wants to rework marijuana laws

    January 25, 2016 10:32 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - City councilwoman Susan Guidry will try to change how police deal with marijuana possession cases, WWL TV reported Monday. Guidry will ask police be able to issue court summons for subsequent offenses instead of just first-offense. Currently, a summons can be issued for first-time possession offenses.... more »
  • Southern releases midyear budget cut details

    January 25, 2016 10:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In a plan released Monday night, Southern said worst-case-scenario budget cuts could effectively close the institution. Because of the dire budget situation in Louisiana, Governor John Bel Edwards has asked state colleges and universities to submit proposals on cutting spending. The state currently faces a $750... more »
  • Suspect in BR bank robbery arrested after failed casino robbery attempt

    January 21, 2016 11:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police have arrested a man wanted in connected with a robbery of the Chase Bank on Government Street earlier this month. According to Louisiana State Police, 51-year-old Gregory Chisolm, of New Orleans, was arrested Sunday after he tried to rob a casino in Lake Charles. ... more »
  • FAA's air traffic control operations questioned

    January 20, 2016 10:56 AM

    WASHINGTON - A government watchdog says that despite a doubling of spending on air traffic control operations over two decades, productivity has declined and reform efforts have been ineffective. The report by the Department of Transportation's Inspector General may boost efforts by some lawmakers, airlines and others to remove air... more »
  • In ride with president, mayor talked about being stuck in traffic Play Video

    January 14, 2016 5:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In an unusually brief ride down I-110 to I-10 and the College Drive area Wednesday night, Mayor Kip Holden took advantage of the president's ear to ask for help with a series of issues - most notably, the monster that is traffic. "The situation has reached... more »
  • President Obama left the 747 in Washington for his trip to Baton Rouge

    January 13, 2016 10:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - President Obama landed at Baton Rouge Metro Airport ahead of his estimated time of arrival Wednesday evening. Air Force One touched down about 7:42. He flew in a smaller airplane than the typical Boeing 747 famously associated with the Air Force One tag. Instead, he... more »
  • President arrives in Baton Rouge Play Video

    January 13, 2016 8:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards and Mayor Kip Holden welcomed the President to Louisiana shortly before 8 p.m. Wednesday. President Obama will stay the night in Baton Rouge. Thursday, he is scheduled to speak at McKinley High School. The president arrived in a modified 757, not... more »
  • Inauguration, Ted Cruz and President Obama put spotlight on Baton Rouge Play Video

    January 11, 2016 10:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It's rare for Louisiana to get such political spotlight that is not involving scandal but this week, three major events put the state and the city of Baton Rouge at the center of politics. Monday, democrats and republicans were cross-town rivals. First, Governor John Bel Edwards,... more »
  • City council appoints replacement for Matassa's seat

    January 11, 2016 9:35 PM

    GONZALES - The city council here appointed David Guitreau to fill the rest of former councilman Kenny Matassa's term. Matassa was elected parish president in December. He had to resign from the council to run the parish. The vote Monday night is the second time Guitreau, a contractor,... more »
  • Amid controversy, planning leaders approve piece of new development

    December 17, 2015 10:46 PM

    CENTRAL - The city planning and zoning commission approved lot sizes and other matters related to the development of a mixed-use community Thursday evening. The group had a concern over lot sizes, but ended up approving the plan. Next, the city council will make the final decision. Project... more »
  • House delays vote targeting Planned Parenthood, health law

    December 16, 2015 11:41 AM

    WASHINGTON - Republican leaders have decided to delay until January a House vote to unravel President Barack Obama's health care overhaul and block federal money for Planned Parenthood. The measure has already cleared the Senate, and House passage seems assured. Congress is ready to tackle major budget bills this week... more »
  • Ryan: Can't get everything you want

    December 16, 2015 11:37 AM

    WASHINGTON - "In divided government, you don't get everything you want." That's how House Speaker Paul Ryan is defending the spending and tax-cut compromise that's being prepared for House and Senate votes by the end of the week. The measure extends dozens of tax breaks for businesses and families, while... more »
  • Former city leader experienced heart attack at fire station

    December 11, 2015 3:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Former metro councilman and mayoral candidate Mike Walker is recovering from heart surgery, a spokesperson said in a statement. Walker attributed his recovery to the quick response of first responders at the East Side Fire Department on Old Hammond Highway. In November, Walker was driving near... more »
  • Congress Oks short-term spending bill hours before deadline

    December 11, 2015 12:40 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has passed a short-term spending bill to keep the government open through next Wednesday. The measure was approved by voice vote hours on Friday ahead of a midnight deadline. It now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. The White House has said he will... more »
  • Search warrant issued to check state office in possible malfeasance investigation

    December 10, 2015 10:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A state investigator searched the office of a former government official Thursday in relation to possible malfeasance in office. The WBRZ Investigative Unit obtained the search warrant signed by 19th JDC Judge Beau Higginbotham. The order g a ve a criminal investigator with the Louisiana Office... more »
  • Next Baton Rouge mayor will earn more than Kip Holden

    December 9, 2015 10:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The next mayor will earn $175,000 a year each year they are mayor thanks to a raise approved by the Metro Council Wednesday. The pay increase is for a flat, four-year salary. The mayor will not earn any pay raises. Voters in East Baton Rouge... more »
  • Officials of juvie jail plan to draft less confusing tax renewal

    December 9, 2015 10:12 PM

    ROBERT - Officials of the juvenile jail that handles care of incarcerated youth in three area parishes and New Orleans' North Shore hope to sell voters on a less confusing tax renewal. In November, voters in the area of the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center denied a tax renewal... more »
  • Central to add 2 to council by 2018

    December 8, 2015 11:24 PM

    CENTRAL - The city council approved adding two at-large seats to its elected body Tuesday. In addition to the two, new positions, the council will be divided into five districts instead of all five being at-large. By the 2018 election cycle, the council will have five people elected from... more »
  • Council approves 2016 city budget; funds city's largest police force

    December 8, 2015 11:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Metro council members approved the mayor's spending plan for next year Tuesday evening. No one voted against the $880 million spending plan that includes significant growth for public safety . The entire budget is about 6% more than the spending plan for 2015. The budget... more »
  • Sunshine Bridge construction ends ahead of schedule Play Video

    December 7, 2015 11:33 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE – Ahead of schedule, the Sunshine Bridge was completely open for commuters Monday. A $25 million construction project on the bridge connecting St. James and Ascension Parish ended months ahead of schedule. Since April 2012, crews have been cleaning, painting and making repairs to the bridge. The project... more »
  • Expert says 'almost impossible' for Texas refugee lawsuit to succeed

    December 3, 2015 2:26 PM

    AUSTIN, Texas - Texas is suing the U.S. government in an attempt to block six Syrian refugees from being resettled in Dallas this week. Here's what preceded the lawsuit and what it means: WHAT'S THE SIGNIFICANCE? Texas is the first state in the nation to ask a federal court to... more »
  • C. Denise Marcelle won't resign council seat in time for special election

    December 2, 2015 3:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle said in a phone conversation late Wednesday afternoon, she will not resign from her metro council seat until her term begins in the State House of Representatives, effectively requiring the council to appoint her replacement to city government instead of forcing a special... more »
  • District hopes to sell voters on tax renewal for school building spree

    December 1, 2015 10:05 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - Voters in Ascension Parish will be asked to extend a tax to fund a huge school building spree. The tax would generate about $120 million. Officials hope to sell it by explaining it is not a new tax, but a continuation of one that is already on... more »
  • Not a single person wants to buy this hundred-year-old school

    November 30, 2015 11:37 PM

    CLINTON - The school board will have to decide what to do with a hundred-year-old school since no one seems to be interested in buying it. At the beginning of November, the East Feliciana Parish School System announced plans to sell the Old Clinton High School on Plank Road.... more »
  • Gas prices are an early Christmas gift on Thanksgiving

    November 25, 2015 11:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Drivers are taking advantage of some of the cheapest gas prices in the country. Wednesday, ahead of one of the busiest weekends to hit the roads, a gallon of regular was as little as $1.59. The cheap fuel was at select locations - some requiring a... more »
  • Edwin Edwards admitted to hospital with pneumonia

    November 25, 2015 3:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's most infamous politician was admitted into an area hospital for pneumonia, a source close to the family revealed Wednesday. Doctors were treating Edwin Edwards with antibiotics. Edwards' condition quickly improved, WBRZ learned. Sources said the former governor has already returned to his witty self, asking... more »
  • Judge to decide if cop in jail should be released on bond

    November 20, 2015 4:07 PM

    MARKSVILLE - Lawyers for Norris Greenhouse, Jr., one of two part time city marshals in Avyolles Parish charged with the murder of a six-year-old, have filed a motion for Greenhouse to be immediately released from jail. Greenhouse and Derrick Stafford, the other officer involved in the death investigation, are... more »
  • State Police to alert sheriffs of refugees

    November 19, 2015 8:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State Police will discuss re-settlement initiatives of Syrian refugees with local sheriffs. In a conference call with the Louisiana Sheriff's Association Thursday, it was revealed the Fusion Center at State Police Headquarters will share information with local authorities. State officials will provide information to others as... more »
  • Library secures real estate firm to help locate new BR location

    November 19, 2015 8:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The library secured a real estate company to help it find a location for a new south branch. A spokesperson said Sperry Van Ness / Graham, Langlois & Legendre, LLC was hired to find a viable site somewhere in the southern part of East Baton Rouge... more »
  • Long, long list of projects could mean a new bridge in 30 years

    November 19, 2015 6:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A 30 year transportation dream still includes a new bridge across the Mississippi River in the capital area, but it's on a long list that is second to another long list of other projects DOTD released to lawmakers Thursday. "This plan provides the vision for our... more »
  • BREC to close Howell Golf Course

    November 19, 2015 12:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The park commission approved closing the Howell Golf Course and re-opening the space as a traditional park. The decision was made by BREC leaders Wednesday after three years of studies and discussions. In October 2012 , BREC started to review courses following consistent deficits. There are... more »
  • Proposed city budget grows police to largest force in history

    November 18, 2015 11:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City leaders have started to discuss the next budget, a 6% increase from 2015. Wednesday, the Metro Council analyzed the first group of proposals. Among them, the spending plan for Baton Rouge Police. The mayor is asking to increase spending by 2% for the department. ... more »
  • Report: Father of murdered boy released from hospital

    November 12, 2015 5:37 PM

    ALEXANDRIA - The survivor of a police shooting was released from the hospital a week and a day after being admitted. Chris Few was sent home and is with family, KALB TV reported. Few was shot and his son, Jeremy Mardis, was killed. Mardis, 6, was in the front... more »
  • With Metro Council approval, CATS to cut two routes in December

    November 10, 2015 11:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Changes to CATS routes will start December 6th, and that will include the elimination of two following a vote by Metro Council Tuesday. The bus company asked city leaders to let them cut the under performing routes: O’Neal Park and Ride and the Downtown to Mall... more »
  • The Marksville shooting: What happened

    November 9, 2015 11:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Attorney General announced it was handling the prosecution of two part time marshals, accused of murder following the death of a six-year-old in Avoyelles Parish last week. Also Monday, a district judge issued a gag order for the case. Jeremy Mardis' family also buried... more »
  • Police officers arrested for shooting, killing 6-year-old Play Video

    November 6, 2015 10:26 PM

    MARKSVILLE – Two of four city marshals involved in a deadly shooting where a six-year-old died were booked into jail Friday night. Derrick Stafford and Norris Greenhouse were charged with murder and attempted murder for the shooting death of Jeremy Mardis and the shooting and injury of his father,... more »
  • City leaders concerned department at center of deadly shooting has gone rogue Play Video

    November 4, 2015 10:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Attorney General's Office is mulling an opinion on what powers a rural marshal should have after complaints from a city council in Central Louisiana. The concerns come from Marksville city leaders and are centered on the department that was involved in a deadly officer-involved shooting... more »
  • Lawmakers meet with hospital chief to shutdown closure rumor mill

    October 30, 2015 4:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In an effort to try and ease the nerves of many, lawmakers met with the CEO of Baton Rouge General to discuss the plans for the Mid City campus. Earlier this week , the hospital announced it was moving its burn unit to the Bluebonnet facility.... more »
  • State ordered to keep funding Planned Parenthood

    October 29, 2015 10:31 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge extended protection of funding for Planned Parenthood clinics with a preliminary injunction Thursday. U.S. District Judge John deGravelles' order continues a temporary order he issued last week protecting funding for 14 days. The order comes after Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast and some of... more »
  • Council approves garbage rate hike, TIF for downtown hotel Wednesday

    October 28, 2015 9:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City leaders approved two monetary items at their meeting Wednesday. The Metro Council approved a $1 increase in garbage collection. The rate increase comes with a new contract for the service which was approved in August. The rate increase was procedural Wednesday night. The extra... more »
  • Amid complaints and concerns, fake TV news report ad pulled from airwaves

    October 23, 2015 7:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A political ad was pulled from the airwaves amid concerns the ad was deceiving to viewers. "The intentions are obvious in this situation. The call letters on the ad reference a fake television station 'WBRD' but are too similar to call letters of our station, WBRZ.... more »
  • Veterans Affairs employee arrested in state investigation

    October 22, 2015 11:47 PM

    JACKSON - A state employee was arrested on a warrant from the Office of State Inspector General Thursday. Todd Price is accused of deleting public records dealing with a patient who fell out of a bed at the Louisiana Veterans Home. Price was the director of nursing at the... more »
  • Council clears rezoning for Mid City beer garden

    October 21, 2015 11:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The metro council approved a rezoning request, paving the way for bar developers to build a new establishment in the Mid City area. Wednesday, the council voted unanimously to rezone land at the corner of Government Street and Steele Boulevard. The land is currently empty. ... more »
  • Group backs plan to name street after "T.J." Jemison

    October 19, 2015 10:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The metro council will give the final approval to a street renaming plan at its next meeting. Monday, the planning and zoning committee approved changing a stretch of East Boulevard in front of Mt. Zion First Baptist Church in Old South Baton Rouge in honor of... more »
  • Zachary says no to new Walmart

    October 13, 2015 11:20 PM

    ZACHARY - Listening to the complaints of citizens here, city leaders denied a plan by Walmart to build a smaller version of its store called a Neighborhood Market. At a city council meeting Tuesday night, every member voted against rezoning land on Highway 64, next to LeBlanc's Food Store,... more »
  • Amid VA probe in La., administrator on leave

    October 9, 2015 8:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE – An administrator at the Louisiana Veteran’s Home in Jackson was placed on administrative leave with pay, WBRZ learned a day after reporting the secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs resigned amid scandal. There have been allegations that the administrator, identified as Todd Price, deleted... more »
  • Board approves putting old school building up for sale

    October 6, 2015 10:05 PM

    CLINTON - The East Feliciana Parish School Board voted to move forward with a plan to sell a 77-year-old school building. Tuesday, the board approved having the building appraised. After an appraisal, the school building will be put on the market. Board members said the building, called the... more »
  • Parents warned truant kids could lead to jail Play Video

    October 6, 2015 12:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Truancy officials will start warning parents about children missing too many school days. Monday, the sheriff's office truancy division announced parents and guardians of students who have missed at least ten days of school will need to meet with a truancy officer. Parents who ignore the... more »
  • Bike battle continues

    October 6, 2015 12:07 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Disagreement over bike lanes continued Monday night at a community meeting over problems and possible solutions. Recently , people in the Webb Park area complained about being ticketed for parking in bicycle lanes. Parking in lanes devoted to cyclists is against traffic laws, but people argued... more »
  • Suspended CATS bus drivers awarded back pay

    October 1, 2015 9:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Bus driver union representatives said four CATS drivers will be rewarded back pay after fighting their suspensions. The drivers were suspended earlier this year for taking part in protests , union president Namoi Guy said Thursday evening. In February, people held signs outside the CATS terminal... more »
  • No shutdown: House approves bill to keep government open

    September 30, 2015 5:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congress is sending legislation to President Barack Obama that would head off the threat of a government shutdown at midnight Wednesday. Democrats helped embattled House GOP leaders pass the measure by a sweeping 277-151 vote with just hours to spare. The Senate passed the legislation by a 78-20... more »
  • Another meeting set to talk about bike lane drama

    September 29, 2015 8:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A meeting has been scheduled to address some bike lane drama in an upscale neighborhood here. Recently , people who live in the Webb Park area complained over the lanes when people police started writing tickets to drivers who parked their vehicles in the bike lane... more »
  • Board votes to demolish gym group fought to save

    September 28, 2015 10:04 PM

    CENTRAL – The school board voted to tear down an old, wood-framed gym some have spent the last year fighting to save. Since last August, the Central Cultural Foundation has been working to raise money and draft plans to rent and restore the old high school gym on Sullivan... more »
  • Late mayor's wife to serve rest of his term

    September 23, 2015 12:06 AM

    PLAQUEMINE - The late mayor's wife was appointed to serve the rest of his term Tuesday night. Mary Gulotta will be mayor through next year. Gulotta's husband, Tony, died nearly two weeks ago of a heart attack. The next mayoral election will be November 2016. ************** ... more »
  • Two city governments approve lodging taxes Tuesday night

    September 23, 2015 12:01 AM

    BAKER - City leaders here and in neighboring Zachary approved a measure to funnel more tax money from out-of-towners into city governments. Each city council approved a hotel/motel tax that will need to be approved by voters in upcoming elections. In both Zachary and Baker, city leaders hope to... more »
  • Government shutdown could cut off food stamps

    September 22, 2015 4:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - A government shutdown Oct. 1 could immediately suspend or delay food stamp payments to some of the 46 million Americans who receive the food aid. The Agriculture Department said Tuesday that it will stop providing benefits "within the first several days of October" if Congress does not pass... more »
  • Chief refuses to answer questions about hiring convicted officer Play Video

    September 21, 2015 11:15 PM

    WHITE CASTLE - The chief of police here refused to answer questions related to the hiring of a police officer with a criminal record. When asked about the hiring of Jasmione Clark, Chief Mario Brown left a town council meeting Monday night. Brown has refused to answer questions posed... more »
  • Town will decide if police chief should be elected

    September 21, 2015 9:09 PM

    FRENCH SETTLEMENT- In November, residents of this small town in Livingston Parish will be asked to change the way their police chief is selected. Currently, the chief is elected. But, Monday night, the board of aldermen approved asking people to vote on if the chief should be elected. ... 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 »
  • Too many people have applied for storm grant Play Video

    September 15, 2015 11:46 PM

    GONZALES - Grant administrators will have to sift through more applications than money as they assign awards through a storm relief program. There is about $200,000 available for people who had damage from Gustav and Ike. But, more people have applied than there is money to be awarded. ... more »
  • Jindal staffer leaves state politics for healthcare

    September 15, 2015 4:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As the governor's term winds down and his campaign for president moves him from state-to-state, his staff at the Capitol are planning their next moves. Tuesday, it was announced Kristy Nichols, the commissioner of administration was leaving state politics. Nichols' department oversees state functions such as... more »
  • Measure to force vote on government style falls short

    September 14, 2015 10:14 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - Three parish council members were two votes short of allowing voters to vote again on what form of government should be used to manage West Feliciana Parish. In 2012, voters approved changing from a police jury to a parish council. By 2013, a parish president had... more »
  • US budget deficit drops to $64.4 billion in August

    September 11, 2015 2:05 PM

    WASHINGTON - The federal government ran up a much smaller budget deficit in August than a year ago, remaining on track to record the smallest annual deficit in eight years. The Treasury Department says the deficit in August totaled $64.4 billion, a drop of 50 percent from the same... more »
  • BRG cutting 50 to 60 jobs after ER closure earlier this year

    September 10, 2015 8:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge General announced it was eliminating 50 to 60 positions in the wake of the closure of the ER at the Mid City location earlier this year. The positions are in administrative support and are not necessarily "bedside" - ones that come into contact with... more »
  • State investigators say former parish attorney illegally accessed emails Play Video

    September 9, 2015 7:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State Police released more information about the issuance of a misdemeanor summons to former parish attorney Mary Roper Wednesday. State Police said cyber-analysts assigned to the Louisiana State Police Fusion Center investigated a complaint about suspicious email activity originating from the East Baton Rouge Parish Attorney's Office... more »
  • Chinese drywall suit still not served

    September 7, 2015 11:39 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - More than a year after suing the Cabinet agency that oversees China's biggest state-owned companies, lawyers for people who say their homes were ruined by Chinese drywall are still trying to get the lawsuit served. And arguments are scheduled in December about whether other defendants are shielded... more »
  • Parish approves buying water system

    September 3, 2015 11:37 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - The Ascension Parish Council approved a near $6 million plan to buy a private water service for parts of the west bank of the parish Thursday. Water currently is purchased from Assumption Parish and piped into the Donaldsonville area. The lines are part of the Peoples Water... more »
  • Students ask federal government to erase their college debt

    September 3, 2015 9:32 AM

    WASHINGTON- Almost 12,000 students are asking the federal government to forgive their college loan debt, asserting their school either closed or lied to them about job prospects. The figure represents an unprecedented spike in what's called a "borrower's defense" claim following the collapse Corinthian Colleges for-profit college chain, which had... more »
  • Neighborhood reeling after random shooting Play Video

    August 24, 2015 7:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police are still investigating a random shooting that left a trail of chaos and a woman hit by a stray bullet. Police are releasing new information about what happened along the 3900 block of Government St. The gunfire hit two cars driving down the road, and... more »
  • Treasurer Kennedy on Unclaimed Property Play Video

    August 20, 2015 9:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Unclaimed property is just lost money. When a business or government has your money, it has to turn it over to the State Treasurer. It's the treasurer's responsibility to get the money back to its rightful owner. This morning, State Treasurer John Kennedy came on 2une... more »
  • Crowd voices concerns with barge cleaning operation

    August 18, 2015 10:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE- People packed a hearing room at the Department of Environmental Quality Tuesday night, most to voice their opposition to a proposed barge cleaning facility south of LSU along River Road. People, holding signs with a community-organized social media slogan printed on the front, said they are concerned... more »
  • Governor's next address won't be 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

    August 13, 2015 3:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It's not Washington, D.C. but the Jindals will have a new home in 2016 - in the upscale University Club neighborhood. "U Club", as some call it, is an 18-hole golf course community. Homes are built around the course and a neighborhood version of Camp David:... more »
  • GPS units being installed on all state government vehicles

    August 13, 2015 7:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Jindal administration has started installing tracking devices in the entire state government's fleet. All 10,543 vehicles owned by state government agencies are being outfitted with Global Positioning System, or GPS, devices that follow the routes chosen, monitor speeds and chart driving habits, feeding all the particulars... more »
  • Council committee to watch body camera pilot program in BR

    August 12, 2015 11:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Metro Council members set up a committee to review the potential of outfitting police officers in the city with body cameras. At its meeting Wednesday evening, Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle discussed what she called a body camera review board. The board, the happy medium between council... more »
  • Glass collection isn't broken, but it'll cost $1 more now

    August 12, 2015 6:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Waste fees for East Baton Rouge Parish residents will increase $1 after decisions by Metro Council members Wednesday afternoon. The extra charge will cover glass recycling, which had been under the crusher and was set to be canceled. Glass is not a competitive item for recyclers,... more »
  • Walker approves policies for its police body cameras

    August 10, 2015 10:10 PM

    WALKER - City leaders approved policies dealing with the three-month old police body camera system. "It's been up to this point, non controversial," mayor Rick Ramsey said Monday night after the council agreed on the rules based on suggestions from the International Association of Chiefs of Police . ... more »
  • New law increases minimum wage for some in New Orleans

    August 6, 2015 7:28 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Thursday, the city council here approved a law requiring people working for a company that receives city large city contracts or subsidies from the city government pay workers a minimum of $10.55 an hour. The proposal received no opposition. The pay change starts next year, the... more »
  • State Representative Alfred Williams died Tuesday night Play Video

    August 4, 2015 11:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State Representative Alfred Williams died late Tuesday night, WBRZ confirmed. Williams, who represents the 61st district, had been recovering from surgery. People who knew him and confirmed his death said he died from complications related to the surgery. Sources tell us Williams suffered complications... more »
  • Senate blocks GOP bill to end Planned Parenthood fed funds

    August 3, 2015 3:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has blocked a Republican effort to shut off federal funds for Planned Parenthood. Monday's vote followed the release of videos secretly recorded by an anti-abortion group showing Planned Parenthood officials describing how they sometimes provide aborted fetal tissue for researchers. The vote was 53-46... more »
  • Dirty barge cleaning emails Play Video

    July 30, 2015 11:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An email chain with foul language and offenses turned up in a public records request dealing with a controversial barge cleaning operation planned for south of LSU. Tubal-Cain wants to build its plant across the levee from Farr Park and neighborhoods. Since a WBRZ report about... more »
  • Gabby Giffords wants to meet with Jindal over theater shooting

    July 27, 2015 10:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband, Captain Mark Kelly, have asked to meet with Governor Bobby Jindal to discuss the movie theater shooting in Lafayette. "Gabby and I agree that states can and must do more to keep guns from falling into the wrong hands.... 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 »

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