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 »
December 2, 2013 10:30 PM
BATON ROUGE- City leaders will be asked to decide if at least one movie theater should be allowed to sell alcohol.
Wednesday, the Metro Council's planning and zoning board will vote on a rezoning request by the AMC movie theater near the Mall of Louisiana. The theater wants to... more »
December 2, 2013 7:48 PM
LIVINGSTON PARISH - Leaders will meet tomorrow night in Livingston for their first Home Rule Charter meeting.
The goal of the Charter Commission is to keep friction out of government and terminate disagreements about powers and duties of those elected. The panel includes three Parish Council members, six members... more »
November 25, 2013 9:01 PM
ST. FRANCISVILLE- A change to parish government finally arrived Monday night as Kevin Couhig took the oath of office as the first parish president.
As voted upon by West Feliciana residents, Couhig will lead the transformation from a police jury to a parish council. He was elected two weekends... more »
November 20, 2013 10:06 PM
BATON ROUGE- A compromise makes everyone happy near a popular restaurant on Highland Road.
Wednesday, Sammy's Grill got what is has been asking for: to rezone property for additional parking. But, there will not be an entrance to the lot from a nearby neighborhood.
"We're glad there was... more »
November 19, 2013 10:21 PM
BATON ROUGE- Louisianans can rejoice since no city was listed as the most miserable in a recent publication.
Business Insider ranked the eleven worst places to live based on a well-being index.
Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas, was the closest metro area to the capital region on the list.
... more »
November 18, 2013 4:57 PM
ST. FRANCISVILLE - There's a new form of government in West Feliciana Parish, where voters elected their first parish president Saturday.
Kevin Couhig, a first-time politician and businessman, beat out Tom Mcvea, a former state representative, to be the first president of West Feliciana Parish. Both ran as Republicans.... more »
November 16, 2013 10:31 PM
PORT ALLEN- Deedy Slaughter became the 12th mayor in Louisiana since 1966 to be recalled Saturday night when 57 percent of voters here voted to kick her out of office.
Slaughter was mayor less than a year. But, the months of her leadership have been contentious.
In February,... more »
November 16, 2013 10:23 PM
BATON ROUGE- There were numerous elections across the state Saturday.
In West Feliciana, voters elected Kevin Couhig as the first parish president. Recently, the parish decided to change the form of government and eliminate the police jury. Couhig (R) beat Tom McVea (R).
Larry Spencer was elected as... more »
November 16, 2013 10:16 PM
BATON ROUGE- According to state records, nearly two-dozen mayors have been the focus of a recall attempt since 1966.
Until Saturday night, eleven had been recalled. Deedy Slaughter became the 12th when voters in Port Allen decided they no longer wanted her leading their town.
School board members... more »
November 16, 2013 6:40 PM
PORT ALLEN- Voters will have to return to the polls to elect a mayor, since most registered voters here decided to recall Deedy Slaughter.
Saturday's vote ends an eleven month ordeal that began when the WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit uncovered the mayor used taxpayer money to attend the... more »
November 15, 2013 10:19 PM
PORT ALLEN- The polls have opened in West Baton Rouge and voters here are being asked if they want to recall the mayor.
Voters will be asked if they want to recall Mayor Deedy Slaughter. If voters approve the recall, the mayor would be removed from office and a... more »
November 13, 2013 12:40 AM
BATON ROUGE- People who apply to be a member of the board of directors for Capital Area Transit System will now be asked about their criminal history, or if they have one.
The search committee will ask people if they have a record since background checks are not performed... more »
November 12, 2013 11:12 PM
BATON ROUGE- The interim CEO could become a more permanent fixture of the bus company since a committee of the board is proposing hiring him full time.
Bob Mirabito has been leading the bus system since the former CEO resigned amid scandal in May.
Mirabito has been at... more »
November 11, 2013 8:11 PM
BATON ROUGE- Lee Drive will have partial lane closures for the next two weeks so crews can repair the road after sewer lines were installed over the summer.
The lanes will be fully opened each day during peak hours, 6:30am to 9:30am and 3:30pm to 6:30pm, to allow sufficient... more »
November 11, 2013 8:15 AM
BATON ROUGE - Hundreds of state rank-and-file employees got extra pay last fiscal year even though the general government workforce went through another year of no pay increases.
The extra money came from state Civil Service programs that allow state agencies to develop policies to pay more for retaining... more »
November 6, 2013 10:43 PM
BATON ROUGE- People testified before lawmakers Wednesday, telling them traffic congestion is almost out of control here.
They are begging for help that might not come. Money to fund the projects is hard to come by and previous efforts to obtain funds have failed.
Some projects are years... more »
October 30, 2013 10:01 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Attorneys for the Justice Department are asking for more time to provide documents to the state over a case involving the state's private school voucher program.
The attorneys say the recent government shutdown has delayed their ability to compile the documents and have asked for a... more »
October 19, 2013 11:27 PM
BATON ROUGE- A number of decisions were made by very few people Saturday.
Among the items voters had to weigh were taxes to fund a mosquito abatement program in Livingston Parish, an open congressional seat, a new parish president position and a host of local items from judgeships to... more »
October 19, 2013 11:19 PM
MONROE- No final decision on who will be Louisiana's next congressman, but one thing is for sure: they'll be a Republican.
Vance McAllister, a businessman who self-funded his campaign, and Neil Riser, a second-term lawmaker, will compete in the Nov. 16 election. Both are members of the Republican Party.... more »
October 18, 2013 11:52 PM
LIVINGSTON- Polls opened at 7 a.m. today, and people here will be deciding on a tax to fund the mosquito control operation.
Currently, the agency bills people and most don't pay. Leaders have warned, if the tax fails spraying will end.
There are also community elections for justice... more »
October 18, 2013 11:50 PM
BATON ROUGE- Election officials expect a lackluster turnout for Saturday's election, including the race for Louisiana's 5th Congressional seat.
Fourteen candidates want the job vacated when the office-holder took a job with the governor.
The Secretary of State's Office expects the election to draw only one in five... more »
October 17, 2013 3:50 PM
ST. FRANCISVILLE - Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge is open again after being closed during the 16-day government shutdown.
Hunters finally got the chance to get back to the outdoors Thursday in the refuge near St. Francisville. Larry Davis, an area hunter, says he couldn't wait to see the... more »
October 15, 2013 10:27 PM
BATON ROUGE - The government stalemate is creating trouble for beekeepers, since an important research station here is closed due to the shutdown.
The United States Department of Agriculture Honey Bee Breeding Laboratory is federally funded and has been closed for about two weeks.
Beekeeper Elizabeth Holloway says... more »
October 11, 2013 9:17 AM
NEW YORK- The government shutdown could mean a change to the New York City Marathon's staging area. That's because the site is the federally operated Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island. Organizers of the Nov. 3 race say they're working with city, state and federal officials to find an alternate site... more »
October 9, 2013 10:37 PM
BATON ROUGE - Metro Council approved Ben Miller to fill a vacant seat on the Capital Area Transit System.
Miller replaces former board president Isaiah Marshall.
The vote to fill Montrell McCaleb's seat is deferred for two weeks. Metro Council members were deadlocked on two candidates after three... more »
October 9, 2013 8:59 AM
WASHINGTON- The government shutdown has slowed or halted federal efforts to protect Americans' health and safety, from probes into the cause of transportation and workplace accidents to tracking the flu. The latest example: investigating an outbreak of salmonella in chicken that has sickened people in 18 states. The federal Centers... more »
October 8, 2013 1:49 PM
WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama says he told House Speaker John Boehner he's willing to negotiate with Republicans on their priorities, but not under the threat of "economic chaos." Obama spoke to reporters at the White House Tuesday in the midst of the eighth day of a partial government shutdown and... more »
October 8, 2013 7:33 AM
WASHINGTON - Democrats controlling the Senate are planning to try to pass a stand-alone measure to increase the government's borrowing cap, challenging Republicans to a filibuster showdown that could unnerve financial markets as the deadline to a first-ever default on U.S. obligations draws closer.
A spokesman said Senate Majority... more »
October 7, 2013 10:55 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS- The city annexed a piece of property that is expected to become a shopping center.
Monday night, the land for The Springs at Riverside Landing was welcomed into the city. The property is on Vincent Road and South Range.
The mayor hopes it will help bring... more »
October 5, 2013 5:33 PM
ST. FRANCISVILLE - Folks looking to tackle the outdoors in Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge can't due to the government shutdown.
Cat Island is located near the town of St. Francisville, which is just 30 miles north of Baton Rouge. It's run by the U.S. Department of the Interior,... more »
October 3, 2013 10:32 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C.- Congressman Bill Cassidy was the target of jokesters on the Comedy Central program "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart."
Stewart and his political correspondent made fun of Cassidy for signing a letter before the government shutdown that discussed a plan to fund the government in exchange for... more »
October 3, 2013 3:32 PM
PORT ALLEN - Seniors in Port Allen are hoping the government shutdown won't lead to a cut in meals they get from senior centers.
The Capital Area Agency on Aging feeds seniors daily balanced meals in 10 parishes around Baton Rouge. They also provide transportation to meal sites and... more »
October 2, 2013 3:50 PM
BATON ROUGE - Mothers in need of help to feed their children were turned away Wednesday morning by WIC after the government shutdown.
"It was really heartbreaking in there this morning, because so many people were getting turned down. I haven't even though about the government; I haven't been... more »
October 1, 2013 5:53 PM
BATON ROUGE - It's one of the first effects of the government shutdown in the Baton Rouge area: trouble with some mortgage loans.
People looking to buy homes in Livingston Parish qualify for a federal loan called the Rural Development Loan under the U.S. Department of Agriculture. However, government... more »
October 1, 2013 9:48 AM
WASHINGTON - A Senate vote this morning has left Democrats and Republicans no closer to resolving the deadlock that has brought a partial shutdown of the federal government. The Senate today rejected the House's call to form a negotiating committee to resolve the deadlock. Republicans who control the House are... more »
October 1, 2013 1:13 AM
ST. FRANCISVILLE- Tuesday's government shutdown includes a popular outdoors area, especially one frequented by hunters.
Cat Island will be closed as long as the stalemate in Washington, D.C. continues.
An operator at the wildlife refuge said Monday, the gates would be locked if a budget deal was not... more »
September 30, 2013 9:47 PM
WASHINGTON- House Republicans are expected to discuss more legislation dealing with funding the government Monday night as a shutdown nears.
It could be the first in 17 years. The deadline is midnight.
"There side thinks it is good that bureaucrats run our life; our side thinks 'heck, it... more »
September 22, 2013 5:03 PM
BATON ROUGE - As Louisiana's latest amnesty program for delinquent taxpayers begins Monday, state officials are grappling with dueling concerns as they urge people to pony up what they owe. Lawmakers and Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration need the program to help drum up $200 million in back-owed taxes to balance... more »
September 12, 2013 10:35 PM
ST. FRANCISVILLE- A group of people wanting to be the parish's first parish president met with voters Thursday night.
Recently, voters approved a change in the way the parish is governed, and they'll elect a new leader to lead the change in October.
Candidates spoke about change and... more »
September 10, 2013 7:36 PM
DETROIT- Taxpayers are about to be non-shareholders in General Motors as the government is poised to sell all of its GM stock. The Treasury Department told Congress it sold $811 million worth of GM common stock last month and the government has recovered about $35.4 billion of the $49.5 billion... more »
September 9, 2013 10:15 PM
DONALDSONVILLE- State Senator Troy Brown is clearing confusion, he said, was spawned by a coincidence of political chatter and highway work.
People who use the Sunshine Bridge connecting St. James and Ascension Parishes over the Mississippi River believe tolls booths are being installed.
"When people drive past and... more »
September 3, 2013 11:10 PM
BATON ROUGE- Louisiana is the most corrupt state, according to Business Insider an information website catered to business and technology.
The site analyzed the number of convictions for public corruption. Louisiana was the worst.
Follow the Bayou State: North and South Dakota ( numbers two and three, respectively)... more »
August 28, 2013 11:00 PM
BATON ROUGE- City leaders approved a list of items Wednesday, including accepting grants for crime fighting and setting up an online driving school for the parish.
CyberActive was hired to handle courses. It was selected over a company from the Baton Rouge area, which was more expensive. The program... more »
August 28, 2013 5:13 PM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the U.S. has concluded that the Syrian government carried out a large-scale chemical weapons attack against civilians last week. Obama says the U.S. has examined evidence and doesn't believe the opposition fighting the Syrian government possessed chemical weapons or the means to deliver them.... more »
August 27, 2013 10:55 PM
LIVINGSTON- A discussion among parish council members about repairing roads in Livingston Parish took a bumpy turn Tuesday night.
Leaders became upset with each other over setting up requirements for engineers who will do work under the parish road plan. They also argued over who should hire engineers for... more »
August 19, 2013 10:33 PM
BATON ROUGE- There are few implications in the Capital City region from government cuts that are forcing thousands of children out of Head Start programs this school year.
The federal government says 57,265 fewer children across the country will participate because of automatic cuts put in place after Congress... more »
August 15, 2013 12:00 PM
BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. David Vitter told a packed town hall meeting that he will support a federal government shutdown this fall rather than agree to pay for President Barack Obama's health care law. Vitter was speaking at the Jones Creek Library in Baton Rouge this morning.
He... more »
August 9, 2013 4:14 PM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he doesn't think congressional Republicans will force a government shutdown in this fall's budget fight. Obama said at a news conference Friday that the public would not understand a budget confrontation that leads to a cutoff of government services that could weaken the economy's... more »
July 31, 2013 10:51 PM
BATON ROUGE- Thursday morning brings a list of new state laws.
After the legislative session ends earlier in the summer, August is usually the beginning of enforcement of laws recently enacted. Nearly 250 statutory charges hit the books August 1st.
Among the most discussed, banning people from updating... more »
July 25, 2013 4:37 PM
WASHINGTON - A new study says that reversing more than $100 billion in automatic spending cuts hitting the economy this year and next would boost the economy by 0.7 percent and increase employment by 900,000 jobs. The Congressional Budget Office study is similar to prior estimates by the agency. The... more »
July 22, 2013 11:43 AM
SULPHUR - City government in Sulphur is going paperless. Mayor Chris Duncan tells the Lake Charles American Press that the Sulphur City Council went paperless for the first time in its Monday meeting. The city's Land Use Commission had gone paperless in two meetings to test the concept. The city... more »
July 18, 2013 7:53 PM
BATON ROUGE- A recently former board member of the Capital Area Transit System said he is innocent of allegations he used CATS money to pay for personal expenses.
"I didn't take any money from CATS," said Montrell McCaleb. McCaleb resigned from the board of directors Thursday, hours before reports... more »
July 17, 2013 11:05 PM
CARVILLE- Half of the state's full-time National Guard employees are being furloughed.
It is related to the national government sequestration.
Employees, including guardsmen, could get a 20% reduction in their pay because of the unpaid days off. It started in July and continues until September.
Leadership at... more »
July 16, 2013 5:49 PM
BATON ROUGE- Feisty members of the CATS board vowed not to resign and urged people to stop harassing them about the controversial selection of an outside management firm that might be hired to run the bus system.
Tuesday, the board was set to decide on selecting one from a... more »
July 16, 2013 4:19 PM
BATON ROUGE- City leaders, including the mayor, believe mismanagement at CATS is cause to have the entire board tossed to the curb.
Councilman Chandler Loupe has submitted an agenda item for an upcoming Metro Council meeting to begin removing Isaiah Marshall from the CATS board. Loupe said in his... more »
July 8, 2013 9:14 PM
ST. FRANCISVILLE- Members of the police jury in West Feliciana approved an election for October that will elect a parish president.
It is the first move dealing with home rule charter since the change in government was approved by voters last year.
"The home rule charter was approved... more »
July 2, 2013 6:02 PM
SORRENTO - Mike Lambert will be sworn in as Sorrento's newest mayor tonight, alongside three new council people.
It ends an era of former Mayor Wilson Longanecker, Jr., who caused controversy when he took extended leaves of absence and held executive sessions during council meetings.
Now Lambert wants... more »
July 2, 2013 11:26 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A new Coast Guard official has been assigned to coordinate the federal government's cleanup efforts following BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The Coast Guard announced Tuesday that Capt. Thomas Sparks has taken over as the federal on-scene coordinator for the Gulf Coast Incident... more »
June 27, 2013 10:45 AM
BATON ROUGE - A shuffle of government agencies in East Baton Rouge Parish will leave two buildings unoccupied, but questions remain about their future.
The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office and Department of Public Works are both leaving the building they shared on St. Louis Street behind the district... more »
June 25, 2013 10:31 PM
PORT ALLEN- Parish leaders are beginning discussions about consolidating firefighting operations in West Baton Rouge.
Currently, there are six fire districts. Each has to split the tax collected for fire protection.
The formula for distributing the money is outdated, according to many, so instead of drafting a new... more »
June 25, 2013 10:28 PM
BATON ROUGE- City leaders will decide on a list of controversial issues at Wednesday's Metro Council Meeting.
Among the items on the agenda, a $30,000 settlement dealing with an allegation of police excessive force. Melinda Morris sued the city after an incident with Sgt. Robert Schilling. Morris claimed Schilling... more »
June 17, 2013 3:35 PM
WASHINGTON - The man who leaked details about top-secret U.S. government surveillance programs is defending his actions. In what The Guardian newspaper said was an online chat with him, Edward Snowden attacked U.S. officials for calling him a traitor. He says he didn't reveal any U.S. operations against what he... more »
June 13, 2013 9:45 PM
BATON ROUGE - Legislators and citizens have been fighting 'for' and 'against' a breakaway school district in East Baton Rouge for two years. The group Local Schools for Local children, which favors the new district, is now thinking about creating a new town to up its chances of success.
... more »
June 11, 2013 2:02 PM
SAN FRANCISCO - Google is asking the Obama administration to allow the Internet company to disclose more details about the U.S. government's closely guarded demands for emails and other information that people transmit online. The request was made Tuesday in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and FBI Director... more »
June 4, 2013 10:45 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C.- Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-Baton Rouge) Tuesday, called for the IRS to be abolished and replaced.
"Our privacy and political freedoms should not be sacrificed," Rep. Cassidy said.
Cassidy said he is frustrated after it was revealed the IRS may have increased scrutiny on political organizations like... more »
May 21, 2013 6:29 PM
BATON ROUGE - Government agencies are taking a close look at an apartment complex where 30 people with mental challenges live.
Reginald Stewman, a Baton Rouge preacher, left these clients after he took part of their Social Security checks to pay for rent but never handed over the money... more »