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  • Southern University upholds firing of Brandon Dumas Play Video

    July 20, 2017 10:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE –The Southern University Board of Supervisors has decided to uphold the firing of Brandon Dumas, the former university's vice chancellor. His last day at the university will be August 10. Dumas' termination was discussed at the board meeting held on Friday. The possibility of appealing his... more »
  • GOP candidates sign up for La. treasurer's race

    July 12, 2017 1:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The three announced Republican candidates vying to be Louisiana's state treasurer have signed up for the Oct. 14 ballot on the opening day of the election qualifying period. Former state budget administrator Angele Davis, state Sen. Neil Riser and former state Rep. John Schroder filled... more »
  • Indicted area mayor headed for trial in early 2018

    July 11, 2017 3:24 PM

    NEW ROADS – Mayor Robert Myer will go to trial in early 2018 on charges he used the city's credit card improperly. Myer was indicted and a judge swiftly issued a warrant for his arrest on malfeasance and abuse of power charges in August 2016. At a hearing on... more »
  • Christie ends shutdown, but beach pictures left an imprint

    July 4, 2017 11:24 AM

    TRENTON - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has signed his final budget after a three-day state government shutdown that included a viral photo of him lounging on a state beach that was closed to the public because of a budget impasse. The Republican governor signed the $34.7 billion... more »
  • NJ Governor Christie spotted on closed public beach amid government shutdown

    July 3, 2017 1:30 PM

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie didn't let his state's government shutdown put a damper on his family's weekend plans. Late last week Christie shut down the state's parks, recreation areas, forests and historic sites — including Island Beach State Park and Liberty State Park — over a state budget... more »
  • Bar at center of underage drinking sting has license pulled

    June 29, 2017 12:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The liquor license for a popular bar was suspended, WBRZ has learned, as authorities investigate possible underage drinking and rowdy behavior around the establishment. The license allowing Reggie's to serve beer and liquor was pulled. Reggie's, a Tigerland bar, was the focus of a sting by... more »
  • Feds reject 10 of 163 high bids in oil lease sale as too low

    June 27, 2017 9:52 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The federal government says it has rejected 10 high bids from the most recent Gulf of Mexico oil lease sale as too low, while accepting 153 other high bids submitted in March. The Bureau of Ocean Energy management said in a news release Tuesday that... more »
  • Mayor leaves town after controversial firing of police chief

    June 19, 2017 2:52 PM

    KILLIAN – You could say Killian Mayor Craig McGehee went out in a blaze of glory – resigning from his position as mayor after abruptly firing the police chief in a controversial move that got the entire town talking last week. McGehee resigned his position as mayor in a... more »
  • Gov. John Bel Edwards announces LSP Superintendent Play Video

    June 13, 2017 9:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Governor John Bel Edwards announced a permanent Louisiana State Police Superintendent today at 11 a.m. The governor appointed interim superintendent Col. Kevin Reeves to the position full time. Reeves' appointment makes him the official head of the State Police, a position he's been filling since Mike... more »
  • Man sentenced to 33 months for mailing threats to governor's office, other agencies

    June 10, 2017 3:17 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Authorities say a Louisiana man has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for sending threatening letters to the governor's office and other government agencies. A statement released Friday by acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook says 33-year-old Kyle Dore of New Iberia was... more »
  • LSU officer accused of beating girlfriend resigns same week as chief

    June 9, 2017 10:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A shakeup at the LSU Police Department this week led to the retirement of Police Chief Lawrence Rabalais and the resignation of K-9 Officer Blake Devillier. The Investigative Unit has learned Devillier went for an interview as a road deputy in Iberville Parish within the past ten days.... more »
  • Signature pieces of criminal justice revamp head to governor

    June 6, 2017 2:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Signature pieces of Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards' planned criminal justice overhaul are headed to the governor's desk, with one measure only narrowly scraping through the Senate. Three bills shrinking sentences and expanding probation and parole opportunities for some offenders, mainly those jailed for non-violent crimes, won... more »
  • Lawmaker delays vote on Louisiana gas tax hike

    May 24, 2017 10:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Louisiana lawmaker pushing to increase Louisiana's gas tax is urging his House colleagues to consider the proposal, which so far doesn't have enough votes to win passage. Republican Rep. Steve Carter, of Baton Rouge, delayed a scheduled vote on the tax hike bill until next week.... more »
  • Council on Aging: 'Mistakes have been made' but issues will be fixed

    May 24, 2017 3:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A new member of the EBR Council on Aging's oversight board said mistakes have been made in the agency's operation, but the board will work harder to make sure procedures are followed. Jennifer Moisant, the new chairwoman of the COA board, acknowledged the mistakes in a... more »
  • Home owner burned on solar panel investment Play Video

    May 22, 2017 6:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A promise of big savings on his electric bill convinced a man to make an investment into solar power, only to be burned when tax rebates never materialized. Frank Masanz purchased solar panels for his home in 2015 when a salesman with Global Efficient Energy knocked... more »
  • City official wants EBR Council on Aging removed from spending tax money

    May 18, 2017 3:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Metro Councilman Dwight Hudson will ask his colleagues for strict oversight of the recently-passed property tax that will fund elderly affairs operations through the EBR Council on Aging. Hudson told WBRZ's Chief Investigator, Chris Nakamoto, Thursday, he filed an agenda item for an upcoming meeting that... more »
  • Bill Cassidy set to appear on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' Monday

    May 8, 2017 3:41 PM

    Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy will take his health care discussion to late night television Monday. I will be on @JimmyKimmelLive tonight to talk health care. Hope you can tune in. https://t.co/sI9FkIeRs9 — Bill Cassidy (@BillCassidy) May 8, 2017 The Republican senator is slated to appear on... more »
  • 3-day red snapper season for anglers in Gulf's waters

    May 2, 2017 8:55 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The federal government says private recreational anglers went way over last year's quota for red snapper so they will have only three days to fish federal waters this year. Red snapper is one of the Gulf of Mexico's most popular sport and table fish. Charter boat captains... more »
  • Out-of-town reporters try to show Baton Rouge 'on edge'

    May 2, 2017 11:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE – For the fourth time in less than a year, this usually unassuming city along the Mississippi has the attention of the nation. National news outlets and media from New Orleans are zeroing in on the atmosphere here, as speculation continues on when the Justice Department will... more »
  • SpaceX launches top-secret spy satellite for US government

    May 1, 2017 9:19 AM

    CAPE CANAVERAL - SpaceX has launched a top-secret spy satellite for the U.S. government. The unmanned Falcon 9 rocket lifted off Monday morning from its NASA-leased pad at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It hoisted a classified satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office. Several minutes into the flight, the first... more »
  • Lawmakers find common ground on $1T plan to keep government open

    April 30, 2017 6:04 PM

    WASHINGTON - Top Capitol Hill negotiators are reporting progress toward a long-sought agreement on a massive $1 trillion-plus spending bill that would fund the day-to-day operations of virtually every federal agency through Oct. 1. Aides say lawmakers closely involved in the talks have worked through many sticking points in hopes... more »
  • US probes GM headlight failures, may add vehicles to recall

    April 29, 2017 11:55 AM

    DETROIT - The U.S. government is investigating whether General Motors should add about 312,000 vehicles to a 2015 recall for headlights that can suddenly go dark. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says 128 owners have complained that low-beam lights can fail. The investigation covers the 2005 and 2009 Buick... more »
  • Former Central official accused of forgery turns self in, bonds out of jail Play Video

    April 18, 2017 7:46 PM

    CENTRAL - T he former c hief administrative officer of Central has bonded out out of jail after he turned himself in for forgery and false public records charges Wednesday. Barrow turned himself in after the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office obtained a warrant for his arrest Tuesday in... more »
  • Council on Aging gives vague response to demand for an inquiry after WBRZ reports

    April 18, 2017 3:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The board of directors of the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging promises stricter oversight following numerous reports by the WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit. WBRZ was first to report issues at the Council on Aging surrounding a deceased woman naming Council on Aging employees in... more »
  • Mayor Broome selects chief administrative officer for city-parish government

    April 17, 2017 4:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome has selected Troy Bell to be chief administrative officer for the city-parish. Bell is taking over the position most recently held in the interim by William Daniel, who will now be the city-parish’s permanent director of environmental services. As chief administrative... more »
  • Video shows use of force by officers; Internal Affairs investigation underway Play Video

    April 13, 2017 5:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE – There is an internal investigation following Baton Rouge Police using force to subdue someone in custody outside a South Baton Rouge convenience store this week. The WBRZ Investigative Unit confirmed through police there is an investigation underway, though, police said there have been no complaints filed... more »
  • Mallinckrodt to pay $35M in deal to end feds' opioid probe

    April 3, 2017 9:32 PM

    A top maker of brand-name and generic narcotic painkillers has agreed to pay the U.S. government $35 million to resolve a probe of its distribution of those drugs. Mallinckrodt PLC said Monday it has reached an agreement with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. attorneys for the Eastern... more »
  • Dardenne authorizes delayed start for state employees Monday

    April 3, 2017 12:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Due to severe weather affecting Louisiana, Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne is authorizing a delayed start for state employees in all parishes on Monday, April 3. In a statement released Sunday night, Dardenne recommends employees should report to work if and when it is safe to... more »
  • Controversial councilman quits, moves away after flood

    March 28, 2017 9:55 AM

    DENHAM SPRINGS – Councilman Chris Davis resigned from his seat on the city's governing body. Davis resigned, he said in a letter, because damage to his family's home after the August flood was too great. Davis lived on Oakwood Drive, off Range south of I-12. The are was inundated... more »
  • Driver crashes into building on Government Street

    March 15, 2017 6:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A driver crashed into a building on Government Street at South 14th on Wednesday afternoon. The crash caused the Baton Rouge Police Department to close the east bound lane. Traffic coming out of downtown on to Government Street is heavy due to the crash. There are no... more »
  • Man pleads guilty to mailing threats to government offices

    March 15, 2017 4:56 PM

    LAFAYETTE - A Louisiana man has pleaded guilty to sending threatening letters to government offices, including one addressed to Gov. John Bel Edwards. Federal prosecutors say 33-year-old Kyle Dore, of New Iberia, sent white powder in four of the nine letters that he mailed in December 2015 and January 2016.... more »
  • Edwards says wetlands needs priority over roads in request to federal government

    March 8, 2017 10:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE – One of the governor's five priority projects for coastal protection he's asked the president to consider under an executive order is a project to re-establish natural freshwater in Maurepas Swamp. The swamp project could cost as much as $187 million. It'd divert freshwater through a diversion... more »
  • State Police changes policies, investigates road trip

    February 20, 2017 6:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE – State Police announced sweeping new policies, procedures and staff reassignments following a report by New Orleans' WWL TV and T he Advocate newspaper . The Advocate has a print edition in the Crescent City where it's also partnered with WWL; WWL and WBRZ have a news... more »
  • HUD approves plan for appropriation of flood relief money

    February 16, 2017 8:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development had approved the first part of an action plan on how to use flood recovery money. The first appropriation is for about $438 million. "This is great news for nearly 200,000 families who were impacted by historic... more »
  • Getting EBR public schools back to normal will be expensive

    February 16, 2017 6:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish School System is working to get as many schools as possible back to some sort of normal following the August flood. At a school board meeting Thursday evening, members were scheduled to be briefed on the first stages of six projects.... more »
  • Embattled Sen. Brown sends mailer, lawmakers consider expulsion

    February 9, 2017 5:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State Sen. Dan Claitor of Baton Rouge is one of two state lawmakers working to have State Sen. Troy Brown removed from office after he pleaded no contest twice to domestic abuse charges over the last year. Claitor, a Republican, and Sen. Sharon Hewitt, also a... more »
  • Another high-ranking state official taking overseas trip

    January 31, 2017 3:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE – State officials are once again taking to the sky for an overseas trip; this time, it's the Lt. Governor who traveled to France this week. Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser's office released details of the trip Tuesday – two days into travel. Nungesser is traveling with tourism... more »
  • Council on Aging promises transparency spending millions Play Video

    January 26, 2017 12:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The EBR Council on Aging promised transparency and announced it will hold a series of meetings to discuss its controversial property tax that was approved by voters in November. The council shared information in a news release issued Thursday morning. Some on the Metro Council... more »
  • La. voting officials: State votes were secure, no fraud in election

    January 25, 2017 2:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Louisiana's Secretary of State said Wednesday there was no voter fraud on election day. President Donald Trump is concerned voter fraud may have cost him the popular vote, though he still won the presidential election through the Electoral College. Trump suggested there were some three to... more »
  • President Trump talks exclusively with ABC News today, Watch on WBRZ all day

    January 25, 2017 12:17 PM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Trump talked for the first time with ABC News about his first few days in office. The first, exclusive interview with Trump happened Wednesday morning. ABC News' David Muir discussed many topics with the president. Watch clips of the interview during all WBRZ News... more »
  • China's birthrate rises after one-child policy loosened

    January 23, 2017 10:11 PM

    BEIJING - The number of births in China has risen nearly 8 percent in the year after the government loosened its unpopular one-child policy. China's National Health and Family Planning Commission said this week that 17.86 million children were born last year, an increase of 1.31 million from 2015. Nearly... more »
  • I-110 South closed at Government Street due to multiple crashes

    January 19, 2017 6:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - I-110 South were briefly closed to traffic due to multiple crashes near the Government Street exit. According to DOTD, Traffic was not passing through and the congestion from the incident has reached North 22nd Street. Earlier in the day, the left and right lanes of I-110... more »
  • Hawaiian, Delta top on-time ratings for US airlines

    January 17, 2017 12:34 PM

    Here are the government's rankings of the leading U.S. airlines and their on-time performance for November. The federal government counts a flight as on time if it arrives within 14 minutes of schedule. 1. Hawaiian Airlines, 91.5 percent 2. Delta Air Lines, 91.4 percent 3. Alaska Airlines, 88.0 percent 4.... more »
  • Military: Mosul University fully liberated by Iraqi troops

    January 15, 2017 12:33 PM

    BAGHDAD - An Iraqi military spokesman says government troops have fully liberated the sprawling complex of Mosul University, a major step in the massive operation to retake the Islamic State-held city of Mosul. The spokesman of the Joint Military Command, Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool, declared Sunday that the campus was... more »
  • State clerical error spawns Twitter rant over Governor's Italian trip Play Video

    January 13, 2017 4:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Members of the governor's public relations team took to Twitter to voice frustration over a WBRZ.com report highlighting the cost of a surprise trip to Italy Friday. The trip, first reported on WBRZ.com Thursday night, was announced just before 6:30 Thursday evening. The governor, state legislators... more »
  • State Sen. Troy Brown pleads no contest to domestic abuse charge

    January 11, 2017 5:04 PM

    GONZALES – State Sen. Troy Brown pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor domestic abuse batter charged Wednesday. Brown entered the plea instead of going to trial. Brown was fined $300 and sentenced to 30 days in jail, community service and three months of probation. All but two days were... more »
  • Tangipahoa Parish Clerk of Court has died

    January 9, 2017 7:11 PM

    PONCHATOULA – The parish's clerk of court has died, news outlets in Tangipahoa Parish reported Monday evening. Tangipahoa Parish Clerk of Court Julian Dufreche died Monday. Dufreche had colon cancer, the Daily Star reported. Dufreche had been clerk of court since 2004. Before parish government, he was... more »
  • State and City-Parish offices closing Friday at noon

    January 6, 2017 11:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - All City-Parish Government Offices will be closed starting Friday at noon, according to an advisory from the mayor's Communications Office. According to a statement from Mayor Broome, offices will be closed because of the threat of severe winter weather in East Baton Rouge Parish. Commissioner... more »
  • Front doors of capitol still closed due to failing facade

    January 5, 2017 4:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The State Capitol's front doors will remain closed will into the summer since work to repair falling masonry above won't start until after lawmakers end their annual meeting in June. WBRZ's political reporter, Mark Armstrong , tweeted Thursday the front steps and entrance remain closed months... more »
  • House GOP votes to gut independent ethics office

    January 2, 2017 9:02 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Republicans have voted to eviscerate the independent Office of Government Ethics, prompting an outcry from Democrats and watchdog groups. The vote Monday night would put the office under the control of the House Ethics committee, which is run by lawmakers. The full House is expected to vote... more »
  • Armed Brew-Bacher's employee scares off robber Tuesday night

    December 28, 2016 1:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Police say an armed Brew-Bacher’s employee scared off an armed robber Tuesday night in Baton Rouge. According to Baton Rouge Police, the incident happened around 9 p.m. at the Brewbacher’s restaurant on Government Street. Police say 22-year-old Erneston Nelson, armed with a gun, approached two... more »
  • Man wanted for attempted murder arrested after chase ends on I-110 Monday

    December 26, 2016 4:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A man has been arrested after he led officers on a pursuit Monday afternoon that ended on I-110. The man, 28-year-old Julius Bess, was wanted by the Baton Rouge Police Department for attempted second degree murder, felon in possession of a firearm and illegal use of... more »
  • All LSP patrol troopers will wear body cameras in 2017 Play Video

    December 21, 2016 12:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE – All Louisiana State Police patrol troopers will wear body cameras in 2017, law enforcement leaders announced on Wednesday. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced the iniative in a joint press conference at the Governor's mansion Wednesday afternoon. Edwards said LSP will purchase 1,500 body cameras in... more »
  • Lafayette wins EPA air monitoring award

    December 15, 2016 8:15 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Cities in Louisiana and Maryland have won a national Environmental Protection Administration contest for plans to have residents set out hundreds of air pollution sensors, with results made public. Lafayette, Louisiana, and Baltimore each get $40,000 to help implement those plans. After a year, they can qualify for... more »
  • FBI raids Hammond Police, local sheriff's office Thursday Play Video

    December 15, 2016 12:59 PM

    HAMMOND – Federal agents with the FBI raided the Hammond Police Department and Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office Thursday afternoon. According to Jeffrey Sallet, agents conducted "multiple court-authorized searches" inside the two offices around 12:20 p.m. Thursday. Officers with the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Department of Justice were also... more »
  • Nearly $1 million to help fund July overtime costs for BR law enforcement

    December 14, 2016 11:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE – The city is set to receive a sizable reimbursement for overtime costs associated with the need for extra law enforcement related to protests of the shooting death of Alton Sterling and the manpower needs following a deadly ambush of officers on Airline Highway this summer. At... more »
  • Freiberg's win to be recognized; must resign school board to take council seat

    December 13, 2016 2:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE – School Board President Barbara Freiberg will resign from her position as she readies to take-on a new role in city government. Freiberg, a Republican, beat Ree Carey in Saturday's runoff election for Metro Council. Freiberg will represent District 12 on the city-parish governing body. Freiberg replaces... more »
  • Broome wins nail-biting mayoral election Play Video

    December 10, 2016 10:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Sharon Broome defeated Bodi White in a nail-biting race for EBR Mayor-President Saturday. White and Broome were around 2,000 votes apart for much of the evening. Broome ended up securing more voters – defeating White by about 2,000. Broome is a former state legislator. ... more »
  • Polls have closed; Get election returns here

    December 10, 2016 8:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Polls have closed for the runoff election featuring decisions on federal and local political races. Saturday's election also decided tax propositions and liquor laws in some areas. Click HERE for a list of all races in the area and the latest election returns. Watch... more »
  • General Motors to recall nearly 50,000 police SUVs

    December 10, 2016 12:39 PM

    General Motors plans to recall nearly 50,000 sport utility vehicles made for police departments and other government agencies because of a hazard in the cooling system. The problem affects the 2010 through 2014 models of the Chevrolet Tahoe Police Pursuit SUV. A GM notice sent to government regulators warned that... more »
  • Congress averts shutdown, backs spending bill

    December 10, 2016 11:35 AM

    WASHINGTON - Congress has averted a government shutdown - with less than hour to spare. The vote in the Senate late Friday night was 63-36 for a stopgap spending bill that will keep the government operating through April 28. The bill provides disaster relief to Louisiana after summer flooding and... more »
  • Imprisoned former CIA officer fights conviction over leak

    December 4, 2016 12:00 PM

    RICHMOND, Va. - A former CIA employee serving a 3 1/2 year-prison for leaking government secrets to a reporter is taking his case to a federal appeals court. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear Jeffrey Sterling's case Tuesday. A jury convicted the 49-year-old... more »
  • WBRZ hosts first live TV debate for EBR Mayor-President Play Video

    November 29, 2016 7:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE – WBRZ hosted an hour-long mayoral debate Tuesday. The two candidates vying for the seat, State Senator Bodi White and former State Senator Sharon Weston Broome, fielded questions ranging from the shooting death of Alton Sterling to dealing with traffic and the long recovery following the August... more »
  • Cuba's Fidel Castro, who defied US for 50 years, dies at 90

    November 26, 2016 12:40 AM

    HAVANA - His tiny island nation 90 miles from Florida brought the world to the brink of nuclear war and he defied the power of 10 U.S. presidents during his half century rule. Former Cuban President Fidel Castro has died. He was 90. With a shaking voice, President Raul Castro... more »

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