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  • 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »
  • Mosquito plane flies in Baton Rouge tonight

    July 22, 2015 4:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A mosquito plane will be circling parts of the city and unincorporated areas Wednesday night. The mosquito control agency announced aerial spraying in Baker, North Baton Rouge, and parts of Southdowns and Kenilworth - in that area, the plane will spray above Perkins Road to Kenilworth.... more »
  • Not this year, but board to talk about heat and school start dates

    July 21, 2015 10:42 PM

    AMITE - The start of school will not change for students in Tangipahoa Parish, despite pleas from some parents to delay the first day of classes because of the heat. A group created a Change.org petition, then presented their concerns and the petition - with thousands of signatures -... more »
  • One sick in Capital Region with West Nile

    July 17, 2015 9:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Someone living in the Capital Region is one of two people ill with neuroinvasive West Nile. The Department of Health and Hospitals released generic information about the patient Friday. The state never provides specific information about a sick person's location, only the health region where they... more »
  • Boosie event abruptly canceled, promoter blames BR mayor

    July 16, 2015 7:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An event promoter said the mayor orchestrated the cancellation of his event that featured rapper Lil Boosie at the River Center this weekend. Terrell "T.J." Jackson said he has hosted the "Black and White Affair" for 12 years, and this was set to be its 13th.... more »
  • DCFS report on malnourished case plays blame game check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 15, 2015 4:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Blame is shared among multiple levels of bureaucracy and private parties in a report released Wednesday related to an internal investigation about how the Department of Children and Family Services handled a case involving a malnourished, 15-year-old special needs child. Rose Holland was booked on child... more »
  • Unusual ground flare visible for miles, officials say no concern

    July 14, 2015 11:30 PM

    GEISMAR - A short drop in voltage - called a power dip - at a chemical plant Tuesday night caused an enormous glow in the night's sky. Numerous people expressed concern about the sporadic orange glow that seemed to almost breathe; starting at nothing, growing to a towering inferno... more »
  • In fiery letter to port director, mayor compares port boss to Judas

    July 14, 2015 4:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In a strongly worded letter to the director of the city's port, Mayor Kip Holden argued Jay Hardman overstepped his duties. The letter was prompted by a debate over plans to build a barge cleaning facility south of LSU near a cluster of homes and a... more »
  • City leaders hope to re-zone property to kill barge project check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 13, 2015 11:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two city leaders have promised to try and kill a barge cleaning facility from building along the river south of LSU by changing city zoning laws. Councilman John Delgado said he and Mayor Pro Tem Chandler Loupe will propose re-zoning the area across from Farr Park.... more »
  • USS Kidd embarks on fundraising effort

    July 13, 2015 7:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Struggling to stay afloat financially, the USS Kidd has embarked on a fundraising effort selling what officials describe as "unique war bonds" to the public. Executive Director Alex Juan says the Louisiana Naval War Memorial, which includes the World War II-era destroyer ship USS Kidd, is at no... more »
  • US: More than 21 million affected by government data breach

    July 9, 2015 3:59 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says hackers stole Social Security numbers from more than 21 million people and took other sensitive information when government computer systems were compromised. The Office of Personnel Management says more than 19 million who had applied for background investigations were affected. The government also said... more »
  • Gulf states reach $18.7B settlement with BP over oil spill

    July 2, 2015 9:19 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Officials in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana have announced an $18.7 billion settlement with BP that resolves years of litigation over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Thursday's settlement announcement comes as a federal judge was preparing to rule on how much BP owed in federal Clean... more »
  • In Iowa, Jindal laughs with voter who asks 'What are you up to?'

    July 1, 2015 11:13 PM

    OMAHA - Governor Bobby Jindal was in a suburb of this metro area Wednesday, shaking hands and taking pictures with voters. Jindal and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee were in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Both discussed issues they see as important to voters, especially gay marriage. "I support federal... more »
  • Miss USA to be streamed online

    June 30, 2015 3:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Despite losing its broadcast partners, hosts, and some sponsors, the Miss USA pageant will be seen outside of Baton Rouge. According to reports the July 12 pageant will be streamed online at the Miss Universe website . This comes after NBC / Universal and Univision both... more »
  • Miss USA distances itself from Trump's statements check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 29, 2015 11:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As the women who will participate in the upcoming Miss USA pageant here settle in for their first or second night in the city, the pageant released a statement concerning the recent turn of events that have it off the air. "We are disheartened by recent... more »
  • Baton Rouge to fight for its crowning moment amid pageant scandal

    June 29, 2015 11:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Hours after NBC announced it was not going to broadcast this year's Miss USA pageant, city leaders closest to the production remained mostly tight-lipped about the situation while others were discussing their frustrations over the ordeal. "We miss out on... exposure," councilman John Delgado said in... more »
  • Despite Supreme Court decision, executions in La. on hold

    June 29, 2015 9:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Supreme Court ruling Monday concerning a drug used in the lethal injection process does not settle ongoing issues surrounding the process in Louisiana. The court upheld the use of the sedative midazolam in executions. It found it did not violate a federal prohibition on cruel... more »
  • MS lawmaker wants to change state flag

    June 22, 2015 9:01 PM

    JACKSON, Miss - Hours after the governor of South Carolina called for the Confederate Flag to be removed from a flag pole on capitol grounds, a lawmaker in Mississippi asked that the Confederate battle emblem be removed from its position on the state flag of Mississippi. One of the... more »
  • Louisiana-shot 'Jurassic World' breaks box office record

    June 22, 2015 3:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As lawmakers and studio executives debate changes to the state's lucrative movie tax credit program , a Louisiana-shot film is soaring to the top of box offices worldwide. "Jurassic World" is set to reach $1 billion faster than any other film, ABC News reported Monday on... more »
  • USS Kidd board won't seek restitution from former director

    June 10, 2015 11:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Commissioners overseeing the operations of the USS Kidd and its land-based museum decided not to seek restitution from former director Maury Drummond, accused by state auditors of improper use of public funds. Drummond retired amid allegations he was not spending the non-profit organization's money appropriately. Since... more »
  • Health insurers to increases Affordable Care Act rates

    June 3, 2015 8:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Health insurers covering more than 155,000 Louisiana residents under the Affordable Care Act are planning rate increases ranging from 12 percent to 24 percent in 2016. In records filed with the state Insurance Department, insurers say a number of factors played a role in the higher rates. Humana... more »
  • City leaders haggle over body camera issue

    May 27, 2015 11:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City leaders dealt another delay to a plan requiring all police officers in the city to wear body cameras that record their interactions with citizens. After voting to veto the ordinance proposed by C. Denise Marcelle the council instead deferred a decision. The measure was moved... more »
  • A neighborhood's sinkhole situation Play Video

    May 26, 2015 11:19 PM

    CENTRAL - A woman reluctantly promised to look over her neighborhood overnight Tuesday after a sinkhole developed in her front yard. "It was not there yesterday at all," Jessica Perault told WBRZ News 2 reporter Brittany Weiss in an interview on WBRZ News 2 at 10:00 Tuesday. Perault said... more »
  • Chief: Police station too close to busy train track Play Video

    May 21, 2015 11:48 PM

    AMITE - The police chief is tired of the city being railroaded by the railroad, so he wants to move the police department away from the train tracks in downtown. "If I'm getting stabbed, I don't wanna tell 'em to 'hold on a minute,'" Chief Jerry Trabona joked in... more »
  • Lawmakers in NY ask their governor to ban travel to Louisiana

    May 20, 2015 9:07 PM

    ALBANY, NEW YORK - Two state lawmakers from New York have asked Governor Andrew Cuomo to ban non-essential state travel to Louisiana following Governor Bobby Jindal's executive order essentially enacting a failed house bill into law. "This Executive Order will prohibit the state from denying or revoking a tax... more »
  • Dueling budget reports paint different St. George pictures Play Video

    May 13, 2015 7:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Supporters of the proposed city of St. George released details today about how they plan to fund their government, and it doesn't include raising taxes. The group hired national public accounting firm Carr, Riggs and Ingram, whose report shows an $11.4 million annual budget surplus for... more »
  • Regulators want to know about storm power outage, meeting set for Wednesday

    May 12, 2015 6:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Wednesday, the Public Service Commission will discuss with power suppliers issues associated with the April 27th storm that knocked out power to thousands of people across the region. In the city of Baton Rouge, some Entergy customers did not get power restored until four days after... more »
  • Judge: U.S. govt. liable for some Katrina flooding

    May 1, 2015 3:53 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- A judge in Washington has ruled that federal authorities are liable for some of the catastrophic flooding that followed Hurricane Katrina and other storms - flooding blamed on a now-closed navigation channel. How much the government will have to pay in damages is unclear. Judge Susan Braden... more »
  • U.S. Attorney: Former oversight board member sold test answers for $500

    April 16, 2015 3:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A former Louisiana State Board of Cosmetology official pleaded guilty to selling answers to board-administered exams, U.S. Attorney Walt Green's office announced Thursday. Winn Johnson, 71, appeared in federal court Thursday where the plea happened. Prosecutors said Johnson accepted cash for answers. He sold the... more »
  • Jindal staff leave state government, focus on Iowa

    March 31, 2015 10:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Hours after the governor's office announced staff members were leaving their positions, the Associated Press reported they are headed for Governor Bobby Jindal's political organization, the America Future Project. The organization was created last month. Taylor Teepell and Matt Parker will work with the group in... more »
  • Baker's superintendent plans retirement

    March 30, 2015 5:40 PM

    BAKER - The community school system here will be searching for a new leader. Two agenda items deal with the retirement of current superintendent Ulysses Joseph. Joseph is anticipating retiring on May 28. Joseph has been superintendent since January 2011. The board will meet in a special meeting... more »
  • Voters in four area parishes cast ballots Saturday

    March 27, 2015 5:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Elections will be held on Saturday in East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Ascension and Iberville parishes with polls opening at 7 a.m. The polls close at 8 p.m. For more information on the candidates and the propositions that will appear on the ballot, check out... more »
  • St. George organizers plan to report signature forgers to authorities

    March 26, 2015 9:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Organizers of the St. George effort said Thursday night they will likely give the names of two signature collectors to law enforcement who they believe forged the names of three people on the petition backing the proposed City of St. George. The people whose names were... more »
  • Council approves raises for city-parish workers check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 25, 2015 4:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City workers got a raise Wednesday afternoon following a vote by the Metro Council and deals worked out with unions. Raises would vary from 2-4.5% based on how long employees have worked with the city-parish. A study conducted two years ago found City-Parish workers are some... more »
  • Obama to order gov't to cut its greenhouse gas emissions

    March 19, 2015 5:05 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is directing the federal government to cut its emissions of heat-trapping gases blamed for global warming. Obama will sign an executive order targeting greenhouse gases at the White House on Thursday. The White House says a number of major companies that sell to the... more »
  • Companies suggest privatizing lottery to fix budget issues

    March 18, 2015 10:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State Treasurer John Kennedy warned lawmakers this week, the state might have to resort to selling the lottery as it looks to fill a $1.6 billion budget hole in the upcoming budget. Sources contend the lottery could be sold for fast cash but the governor's office... more »
  • Free FAFSA webinar, workshops available through LELA check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 18, 2015 7:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The federal government awards $150 billion dollars to high school seniors going to college, but in order to apply for this money you must fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Last year only 44% of Louisiana high school seniors filled out a FAFSA, which... more »
  • Controversial guardrails still won't be installed in La.

    March 16, 2015 11:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana will not release the suspension it put on a controversial guardrail design until more tests are done even though federal inspectors believe the guardrail is acceptable to be used on the side of highways. Last week, the government cleared the ET-Plus design of any safety... more »
  • Major survey finds record low confidence in government

    March 11, 2015 2:59 PM

    WASHINGTON - A major survey finds Americans' confidence in all three branches of government is at or near record lows. The 2014 General Social Survey finds only 23 percent of Americans have a great deal of confidence in the Supreme Court, 11 percent in the executive branch and 5 percent... more »
  • CATS CEO sorry people found comments insulting

    March 10, 2015 11:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The CEO of CATS apologized for comments he feels were misrepresented. "It was never my intention to offend anyone, and I am sorry that my comments on a recent podcast have distracted our community from our continued push to move our transit system forward," Bob Mirabito... more »
  • Government friction with private email use

    March 7, 2015 11:31 AM

    SALEM - The types of transparency questions surrounding Hillary Rodham Clinton's use of personal email to conduct business while secretary of state are nothing new in statehouses across the country. Governors and other elected officials routinely use private emails, laptops and cell phones for government business, a popular strategy... more »
  • Union optimistic about pay plan

    March 6, 2015 10:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Police Union approved one of the first pay raise proposals in years for officers Friday evening. In a 232 to 201 vote, 54% of union members signed off on the city's plan that institutes between two and four percent raises for the police... more »
  • Governor's LSU prayer rally cost $10,289 in police overtime

    March 6, 2015 10:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A prayer rally at LSU cost about $10,289 to pay overtime for state police officers. The rally, called The Response , was at LSU's Pete Maravich Assembly Center (PMAC) on January 24. The governor was a large supporter and promoter of the event. The Associated... more »
  • Ricks announces plans for second term

    March 5, 2015 10:26 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Parish President Layton Ricks announced Thursday, he is running for re-election. In a news release Thursday, Ricks touted his last three years in office when there has been a surge in new developments and infrastructure improvements. The Juban Crossing development opened for business late last year and... more »
  • Once again, Port Allen council discusses Deedy Slaughter issues check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 4, 2015 11:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Almost a year since voters elected a new mayor and moved on from its former, controversial leader, city leaders once again passionately discussed their angst with Deedy Slaughter 's business practices. Slaughter was recalled in late 2013 by voters following a series of WBRZ Investigative Unit... more »
  • State begins processing tax returns; refunds coming

    March 2, 2015 10:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state has started issuing state tax refunds, it announced Monday. Refunds were withheld for about two weeks so the state could more thoroughly screen tax returns in light of fraudulent returns being filed across the country The Department of Revenue originally said it would not... more »
  • New money is green light for some Green Light projects

    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 »
  • City-parish posts job openings for six new director positions

    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 »
  • Taxes placed on Livingston May ballot

    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 »

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