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  • Abrupt resignations at scandal-plagued, state-run veterans home

    September 21, 2016 1:13 PM

    JACKSON, La. - Two top administrators of the veterans assisted living center in East Feliciana Parish abruptly resigned this week. Jon Salter, the long-term care hospital administrator, and Melissa Stewart, the director of nursing, both resigned Monday. In a letter announcing his resignation, Salter said his last day October... more »
  • Damages to schools in EBR likely to exceed $10 million Play Video

    September 20, 2016 6:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Flood damage sustained by East Baton Rouge Parish schools is expected to exceed the district's multi-million dollar insurance policy but officials, right now, are more focused on getting flooded campuses up and running again than the price tag of destruction. At Glen Oaks High School Tuesday,... more »
  • Standing water from August flood fueling mosquito issue

    September 20, 2016 3:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Standing water in southern areas of East Baton Rouge and Ascension Parish is fueling an increase in mosquitoes, the EBR mosquito abatement division said in an announcement about continued spraying efforts Tuesday. Aerial spraying will happen Tuesday around twilight along Bayou Fountain and Bayou Manchac. Mosquito... more »
  • CATS will shutter riderless Garden District route

    September 19, 2016 4:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Tuesday, the board overseeing the public bus company agreed to shut down its Garden District trolley service. CATS created the route through the historic neighborhood about 18 months ago. Combustion engine buses built to look like trolleys run the route that drives through Downtown Baton Rouge,... more »
  • Owners of mobile homes can qualify for state's Shelter at Home program

    September 19, 2016 4:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some mobile homes, commonly referred to as "trailers," could qualify for the state's $15,000 flood damage renovation grant. The grant, known as the Shelter at Home program in Louisiana, will pay for basic repairs to a home so owners can return to safe living conditions following... more »
  • Walker hires attorneys in planned lawsuit over flooding

    September 19, 2016 3:23 PM

    WALKER - The city announced Monday, it hired attorneys for a planned lawsuit over the August flood. The city said Michael C. Palmintier, APLC and John Neale deGravelles, LLC of Baton Rouge will handle a possible lawsuit against state and federal government agencies related to the flood. Days after... more »
  • New taxes for roads, mental health center to be discussed Wednesday

    September 13, 2016 6:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Metro Council will discuss five new tax proposals at its meeting Wednesday. Among the items are taxes on property to pay for new roads and a mental health facility. Also, the council will consider a two-percent tax on hotel rooms to raise money for the newly-created... more »
  • Mayor, officials discuss on-going flood recovery in EBR

    September 12, 2016 11:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Parish officials discussed the on-going flood recovery effort Monday with media. The mayor joined top city advisers - from emergency response officers to environmental experts on the city's recovery efforts. Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie thanked the officers of the police... more »
  • Praised by viewers of FEMA hearing feed; Who is Rep. Mica?

    September 9, 2016 11:41 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - People watching WBRZ's Facebook Live feed of the Congressional hearing into FEMA's response to the flood rallied around a Florida lawmaker. "We have to do a better job of meeting our federal responsibility," Congressman John L. Mica (R), said in his closing remarks of the Subcommittee... more »
  • FEMA appears to be setting up manufactured housing community near airport Play Video

    September 7, 2016 6:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - FEMA's mobile homes are being set up in an abandoned trailer park community off Blount Road. Wednesday, WBRZ recorded video of workers adding aprons around the bottom of trailers and utility crews connecting lines to each unit. The lot is a stone's throw north of the... more »
  • Edwards, other officials meet in D.C. to talk flood aid

    September 7, 2016 3:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and other high-ranking state elected leaders traveled to Washington, D.C., Thursday to lobby for additional flood relief. The group is scheduled to be in D.C. Thursday and Friday. Traveling with Edwards will be Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain and Lt. Governor Billy... more »
  • Jailer fired over sexual harassment complaint

    September 6, 2016 1:51 PM

    PORT ALLEN - A West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office jailer was fired following a sexual harassment complaint, WBRZ learned Tuesday. The department declined to release the former employee's name, but said an internal investigation was conducted and the jailer was released from their employment. The jailer touched another... more »
  • Q & A: Do I need to elevate my home? Play Video

    September 1, 2016 5:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The unnamed storm that swept through our area last month will go down as the fourth most expensive flood in the National Flood Insurance Program's history, according to Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon. A group of lawmakers gathered at the Capitol today to discuss flood recovery and response. ... more »
  • Government forecast: 600K commercial drones within the year

    August 29, 2016 1:26 PM

    WASHINGTON - Federal aviation officials estimate there will be 600,000 commercial drone aircraft operating in the U.S. within the year as the result of new safety rules that opened the skies to them on Monday. Michael Huerta, head of the Federal Aviation Administration, said at a news conference that the... more »
  • State opens warehouse to streamline donation process

    August 26, 2016 10:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state has opened a warehouse to take donations from locals along with items from people and businesses across the country following the flood disaster. The warehouse is being operated as a partnership with the state and Louisiana VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster). Adventist Community... more »
  • Post flood 'normal' means more traffic in BR; Road repairs underway

    August 25, 2016 4:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE – State road engineers are busy checking highways and bridges as water recedes from areas inundated by the flood last week. More than 1,400 bridges have been checked and every highway that was flooded has also been scrutinized by experts, Shawn Wilson, the head of the state... more »
  • All state offices to reopen Monday

    August 20, 2016 4:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE – State officials announced Saturday that all state offices in Louisiana will re-open Monday. According to a release from Commissioner Jay Dardenne’s office Saturday afternoon, state offices in all parishes will re-open on Aug. 22. “I thank the many state workers who have worked diligently during... more »
  • MREs, water available in EBR until further notice

    August 20, 2016 10:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE – City-parish officials are making supplies available to parish residents until further notice. Points of Distribution, or POD, centers will open at Miracle Place Church, Healing Place Church, First Pentecostal Church and the Greenwell Springs Library. The National Guard will distribute MREs, water and ice. Soldiers... more »
  • President plans Tuesday visit to Baton Rouge area

    August 19, 2016 3:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE- President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit flood-ravaged areas next week, WBRZ has learned. The president will be in the Baton Rouge area Tuesday. He is scheduled to "get a first hand look at the ... flood damage in the state," ABC News reported. " The... more »
  • Ascension school officials hope for Wednesday re-opening

    August 19, 2016 2:43 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - Some schools in Ascension Parish could open as early as Wednesday, the school system said Friday. All campuses will be closed to students on Monday and Tuesday but twelve month employees are asked to report to work. Staff members will help work with administrators to get schools... more »
  • City asks people to move animal remains to the curb

    August 18, 2016 10:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City officials asked people with dead animals on their property to move carcasses to the roadside right-of-way. Crews will remove the carcasses of dead animals, the city of Baton Rouge said in a news release Thursday. It was not immediately clear when removal will start. Thought,... more »
  • Homeland Security official to visit Louisiana

    August 17, 2016 4:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The White House says Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson will visit Louisiana on Thursday to review the federal government's response to the widespread flooding that has damaged tens of thousands of businesses and houses. Spokeswoman Jennifer Friedman says President Barack Obama also spoke with FEMA Administrator Craig... more »
  • List of school, government offices, facility closures for Monday and Tuesday

    August 14, 2016 4:52 PM

    The following schools and government offices will be closed next week: State Government offices closed Monday in following Parishes: Acadia, Assumption, Beauregard, Cameron, Calcasieu, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. Landry, St. Martin, St.... more »
  • Special meeting called to restore trust in New Roads government

    August 7, 2016 10:30 AM

    NEW ROADS - City council members will discuss the indictment of the mayor at a special council meeting Tuesday. Mayor Robert Myer was indicted Wednesday on malfeasance and abuse of power charges following a grand jury hearing where nearly twenty people testified. Immediately, a judge issued a warrant for... more »
  • Eleven selected as finalists for top bus system job

    August 5, 2016 11:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Eleven people are scheduled to be interviewed next week by the search committee looking for the next CEO of the Capital Area Transit System. The former CEO resigned earlier this year, in protest of constant negativity about the bus system from the public. Bob Mirabito wrote... more »
  • State to spend $20-25 million on new Washington Street off-ramp Play Video

    August 3, 2016 7:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An announcement was made Thursday regarding the future of the Washington Street exit in Old South Baton Rouge. The governor, joined by city, state and congressional representatives, announced a new off-ramp is to be constructed at the Washington exit to help with the traffic problem. The... more »
  • Power cut to Plaquemine overnight Thursday for repairs Play Video

    August 3, 2016 1:15 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - The entire city will be without power overnight Thursday. Power will be cut to repair a switch on a substation that feeds all of Plaquemine. The outage is due to repairs being made by Entergy, the city said in a news release, trying to avoid blame for... more »
  • Kenny Matassa releases statement; attorney says alleged bribe was really a loan Play Video

    August 3, 2016 1:04 PM

    GONZALES - An attorney for Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa said his client will not resign. Matassa retained Lance Unglesby Tuesday following reports about allegations Matassa bribed someone to not run in a Gonzales City Council election. Monday, WBRZ.com was first to report the Ascension Parish District Attorney... more »
  • New Roads Mayor bonds out of jail after Wednesday indictment Play Video

    August 3, 2016 10:40 AM

    NEW ROADS – Mayor Robert Myer was indicted and a judge swiftly issued a warrant for his arrest on malfeasance and abuse of power charges Wednesday afternoon. He turned himself in and later bonded out of Pointe Coupee Parish Jail Wednesday afternoon on $50,000 bond. All day, a line... more »
  • DA calls for probe of alleged bribe by Ascension president Play Video

    August 1, 2016 11:15 AM

    GONZALES- Audio recordings first published this morning by the Pelican Post , an online newspaper in Ascension Parish, appear to show Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa offering a bribe to a man running for a seat on the Gonzales City Council. That bribe included at least $1,200 in cash and... more »
  • New Roads mayor focus of theft, malfeasance grand jury probe Play Video

    July 29, 2016 12:18 PM

    NEW ROADS - The mayor of New Roads received a grand jury target letter , the WBRZ Investigative Unit learned. Mayor Robert Myer has been the focus of an Inspector General investigation into charges on a city credit card. The Investigative Unit found in a series of reports, at... more »
  • U.S. Attorney General to hold civil rights meeting in Baton Rouge Friday

    July 26, 2016 6:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Attorney General Loretta Lynch will spend the night in Baton Rouge Thursday to meet with U.S. Attorney Walt Green Friday. The Department of Justice released details about the trip late Tuesday afternoon. Lynch was originally scheduled to attend a community memorial service for three slain law enforcement... more »
  • Scene of deadly ambush becomes memorial to officers Play Video

    July 18, 2016 11:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The B Quick convenience store where a man from Missouri ambushed and killed three law enforcement officers Sunday has become an emotional memorial to the victims. Monday morning, police officers from other jurisdictions prayed among flowers left at the scene. Citizens brought their children to leave... more »
  • NEW: FBI monitoring New Black Panther Party; Group in Baton Rouge

    July 18, 2016 8:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE – The FBI is closely monitoring the New Black Panther Party – an organization that recently formed a local chapter in the wake of the shooting death of Alton Sterling. WBRZ was first to report about the newly-formed group when they gathered Saturday in the parking lot... more »
  • Activist DeRay Mckesson live-streamed arrest in Baton Rouge

    July 10, 2016 12:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A prominent police reform advocate was booked into jail for obstructing either Airline Highway or Goodwood Boulevard overnight, authorities wrote in arrest documents obtained by the WBRZ Investigative Unit Sunday. > Read the arrest document HERE . DeRay Mckesson of Campaign Zero was arrested after... more »
  • March to Capitol, other protests Sunday in Baton Rouge Play Video

    July 10, 2016 11:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A youth-led march took to the streets of Baton Rouge Sunday afternoon. Louisiana Progress Action marched with a group from Wesley United Methodist Church to the State Capitol at 4 p.m. The group said it is demanding justice for Alton Sterling. Sterling was shot and killed... more »
  • Jail releases list of people booked into jail following protest overnight

    July 9, 2016 11:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The city police department - which has remained relatively quiet since the shooting death of Alton Sterling Tuesday - booked more than two dozen people into jail for blocking Airline Highway during a protest outside police headquarters. Just before noon, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's... more »
  • While Baton Rouge teeters, mayor appears absent

    July 9, 2016 10:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The governor stressed teamwork in a news conference Friday, and said state leaders are working with Baton Rouge city officials despite a noticeable absence of Mayor Kip Holden. Holden, who first commented in a quick phone conversation with WBRZ the night of Alton Sterling's death -... more »
  • Politicians comment on deadly officer-involved shooting

    July 5, 2016 11:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Mayoral candidate Sharon Weston Broome became the latest official to comment on a deadly officer-involved shooting when she issued a news release late Tuesday evening. > The NAACP called for the mayor and police chief to resign at a news conference on the steps of city hall... more »
  • Cattle were stolen from farm, left on I-12 authorities reveal

    June 28, 2016 10:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Eighteen stolen cattle will be returned to the owner Wednesday after the cattle were found in a trailer abandoned on the side of I-12 last week . The cattle were left on the side of I-12 eastbound near Hammond in a stolen cattle trailer. The trailer... more »
  • School board member looks to jump to Metro Council in election

    June 28, 2016 10:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - An East Baton Rouge Parish School Board member hopes to jump government boards this fall, asking voters to elect her to Metro Council. Via a news release from a publicist, Barbara Freiberg announced she is running for city government. Freiberg will run for the council's district... more »
  • Smokie Bourgeois enters race for EBR mayor

    June 11, 2016 11:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Former Metro Councilman Smokie Bourgeois entered a crowded race for mayor Saturday morning. “ My parents’ house was right up the street. I rode my bicycle all around and to downtown. That’s why I know it’s uphill all the way to downtown. Today I’m officially doing... more »
  • I-10 buckled Wednesday

    June 8, 2016 7:37 PM

    METAIRIE - Two westbound lanes of I-10 closed Wednesday due to pavement buckling. State Police advised motorists via Facebook of the lane closures in Jefferson Parish at Power Boulevard. Troopers said the buckling closed left and center lanes of the Interstate in an area about ten miles west of... more »
  • City releases new information on street car plan Play Video

    June 7, 2016 4:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The city has selected a proposed route design and more specific stops for the proposed street car that would connect downtown and LSU. Information released by the mayor's office Tuesday shows a line built around a three mile, two-way tram route traveling north and south in... more »
  • School board to revisit Lee HS naming issue later Play Video

    June 2, 2016 10:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An East Baton Rouge Parish School Board committee decided not to pursue renaming Lee High School Thursday night. The issue was first reported by WBRZ and WBRZ.com earlier in the week when the school board agenda was released. At a separate meeting Tuesday, a committee... more »
  • City leaders in email spat over chairs at health care meeting

    May 31, 2016 4:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City leaders became caught in a petty email thread Tuesday over chairs for a meeting that's become a controversial and complicated debate over politics, health care and business. In messages circulated to officials and the media, Metro Council member Chauna Banks accuse d the mayor's office... more »
  • Developer chosen to remake old Entergy site

    May 27, 2016 2:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE – City officials have chosen who will redevelop an abandoned Entergy site on Government Street in Baton Rouge. The East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority announced Friday that Weinstein Nelson Development was chosen to remake the site. Weinstein Nelson Development proposed using the site into a blend... more »
  • BRPD motorcycle officer injured after crash on Government

    May 22, 2016 6:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Baton Rouge Police say a motorcycle officer suffered severe injuries Sunday after his motorcycle collided with a car on Government Street. According to Baton Rouge Police Sgt. Don Coppola, the accident happened around 4 p.m. in the 600 block of Government Street. A BRPD motorcycle officer... more »
  • 'I did a terrible job,' Matassa says of how he handled employee's firing

    May 17, 2016 1:18 PM

    GONZALES - In a letter emailed to WBRZ Tuesday afternoon, Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa apologized for his handling of an employee's termination recently. The firing of planning director Ricky Compton was the focus of a WBRZ Investigative Unit report last week . In a recording, land owner Dempsey... more »
  • La. can't open its front doors Play Video

    May 3, 2016 7:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers and building maintenance officials maintain the long-lasting closure of the state capitol's main entrance has less to do with state budget problems and more to do with other priorities. May 16th marks the 84th anniversary of the dedication of the building and a few weeks later,... more »
  • Tuesday morning commute will feature new traffic information

    May 2, 2016 3:18 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Tuesday morning, a new traffic sign listing drive times will be turned on. The sign, on La. 1 south of I-10, will be turned on and start showing data at 6 a.m. The sign will provide travel times from the sign’s location to the I-110, US... more »
  • Fire department responds to utility fire; power restored after outage

    May 2, 2016 2:15 PM

    MORGAN CITY - A fire at a electricity substation knocked out power to some customers Monday morning. The fire sparked when a transformer blew at the Onstead Street substation, the city posted on its Facebook page. The fire department extinguished the fire and utility crews were assessing the damage... more »
  • FEMA doesn't think bayou devastation enough for federal disaster

    May 2, 2016 12:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The federal government denied the state's appeal for federal disaster assistance in areas recovering from tornadoes that tore apart bayou communities in February. FEMA said there was not enough wide-spread damage to force a disaster area, which makes federal assistance available for individual, business and government... more »
  • Lawsuit filed over April 2015 shooting of teen by deputies

    April 27, 2016 5:17 PM

    FRENCH SETTLEMENT - An attorney for a teen injured after being shot by sheriff's deputies last year claims in a lawsuit filed Wednesday, Livingston Parish Sheriff's deputies are inadequately trained. The suit filed on behalf of Matthew Peyronnin named Sheriff Jason Ard and three sheriff's deputies in the lawsuit.... more »
  • Request to spend more on pump stations not unusual, officials say

    April 27, 2016 4:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Despite asking city leaders to approve a four-percent increase in cost and nearly a year of additional work, engineers of the city's $1.2 billion sewer upgrade say the project is on budget and on time. Wednesday, the SSO asked the Metro Council to approve spending $859,659... more »
  • Plastic bag tax? Decision to remain with La. local officials

    April 21, 2016 5:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Decisions on whether to ban or tax disposable plastic bags will remain with Louisiana's local government leaders. A St. Tammany Parish lawmaker Thursday scrapped his effort to create roadblocks for such restrictions. Republican Rep. Paul Hollis, of Covington, initially proposed to prohibit city and parish governments from... more »
  • State to require job training for food stamps

    April 21, 2016 4:32 PM

    HAMMOND - The governor said he plans to require able-bodied adults ages 18-49, who have no dependents, to get workforce training for food stamps Thursday. The new regulation would keep 47,000 people on the food stamp program if they all participate. The individuals faced being kicked off food stamps... more »
  • Mayor Holden nixes north Baton Rouge development idea Play Video

    April 20, 2016 5:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The mayor vetoed a proposal to create an economic development district in north Baton Rouge. Mayor Kip Holden denied the request Wednesday, citing vague language in how the development district would be organized and concern over the state's budget. Previously, the Metro Council unanimously approved the... more »
  • After hotly contested election, outgoing chief meeting with incoming top cop

    April 20, 2016 12:57 PM

    BAKER - Police Chief Mike Knaps and chief-elect Carl Dunn have started talking about transitioning the department to its new leadership. Dunn was elected chief of police last month. Dunn defeated Daryl Rainwater in a hotly contested runoff election. Knaps reported to the city council recently, he and... more »
  • Bizarre death of area worker, two others prompts federal warning

    April 18, 2016 6:30 PM

    AMITE - OSHA is warning employers and employees in the mowing industry about potentially hazardous working conditions after a series of bizarre accidents killed three workers. In Tangipahoa Parish, a worker at Bracy's Nursery was found dead in a stream bed after the riding lawnmower he was using overturned... more »

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