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  • 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 »
  • Grand jury hearing involving Ascension president postponed until Friday

    November 14, 2016 4:56 PM

    GONZALES - The Louisiana Attorney General's Office will take over a bribery investigation involving Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa. Ascension Parish District Attorney Ricky Babin told Chris Nakamoto , the chief investigator of WBRZ's Investigative Unit , the A.G. will handle the case going forward because Babin's office has... more »
  • High heel wearing, pot smoking musician did better than some politicians Tuesday

    November 10, 2016 12:03 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Perhaps the loudest message voters sent came in the quiet loss of Jacob "Dorian Phibian" Hebert's congressional bid for the Lafayette area Tuesday night. While his political career is over for now - maybe forever, as he wrote before the election he doesn't "ever want to talk... more »
  • Click here for election results

    November 8, 2016 12:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - WBRZ is covering around seventy races as the country votes for president and regional elections are decided. State-wide, voters are electing a U.S. Senator and members of the U.S. House of Representatives along with constitutional amendments. Locally, voters are making decisions on city and parish leaders... more »
  • Long lines but only minor issues on Election Day in La.

    November 8, 2016 8:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE- After a lengthy campaign season, polls have closed signaling an end to a contentious presidential election but the beginning of runoff elections in the state. Polls closed at 8 p.m. though anyone in line before the closing time will be allowed to vote. Polls opened at 6... more »
  • Facebook users checking in at pipeline protest to confuse law enforcement

    October 31, 2016 5:33 PM

    CANNON BALL, North Dakota - It's unlikely all the people Facebook users see check in at Standing Rock Indian Reservation are actually there; instead, they're part of a social media force in an on-going fight over a pipeline. Hundreds of thousands of people have checked in - a Facebook... more »
  • Voting machine only for VIPs confiscated by La. Secretary of State

    October 28, 2016 4:43 PM

    ELMWOOD - The Secretary of State's office has taken custody of a voting machine that was being used to allow select people to vote in a private conference room inside a Jefferson Parish governmental office. The machine was located in the office area of the Jefferson Parish registrar of... more »
  • Pointe Coupee residents learn more about possible government change Play Video

    October 26, 2016 9:49 PM

    POINTE COUPEE - A change in government could be coming, as voters decide whether to keep their police jury or switch to a parish council. In a packed meeting, residents listened to arguments on both sides of the coin, before they get a chance to vote on the Novermber 8... more »
  • Council agrees naming rights for 'Raising Cane's River Center' Play Video

    October 26, 2016 6:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The city's downtown performing arts, entertainment and convention space will likely be known - officially - as the Raising Cane's River Center following a vote by the Metro Council Wednesday afternoon. The mayor's office and River Center managers told the council at a meeting a group... more »
  • Parents believe Central's top-rated schools are too strict on residency following flood Play Video

    October 25, 2016 10:41 PM

    CENTRAL - Parents of some Central Community School System students are frustrated with the strict school board, expressing how difficult it’s been to abide by the residency rules when they’ve recently flooded. Jessica Vandermark, a parent of two Central students, said after her flooded and relocated for weeks. ... more »
  • Grand jury to hear case against Ascension Parish president in November Play Video

    October 21, 2016 11:07 AM

    GONZALES - A grand jury will hear a case involving allegations that Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa bribed a man to not run for a seat on the Gonzales City Council. The grand jury will meet on November 15th, sources told WBRZ News 2 Friday. In September, the district... more »
  • Report: Raising Cane's to get naming rights to River Center

    October 20, 2016 5:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A naming rights deal is in the works to put a corporate spin on the identity of the River Center. The mayor's office would not confirm specifics of the deal with WBRZ Thursday. Instead, the mayor's administration only said there is a proposal in place to... more »
  • Mayor-President forum produces few surprises

    October 17, 2016 5:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Five people vying to be the next mayor-president of East Baton Rouge Parish were dealt a round of questions at the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday, with some - but not striking differences - emerging from the candidates. Common themes such as traffic, crime, and early... more »
  • There is a shortage of FEMA trailers in La. Play Video

    October 14, 2016 12:46 PM

    CENTRAL - State and Louisiana-elected federal leaders are frustrated with word that FEMA is scrambling to find more Mobile Housing Units; the common house trailers that have been towed to flood victims across the region. Central Mayor Jr. Shelton told WBRZ Friday, a n early-morning meeting with FEMA is... more »
  • Escaped inmate had violent past; Accused in 2012 murder

    October 13, 2016 5:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - One of two men who managed to escape their work release job Thursday has a violent past that includes being connected to a murder in Louisiana's Cajun country, the WBRZ Investigative Unit learned. Elwood Billiot, 33, was serving time for domestic abuse battery charges when he... more »
  • Jay Dardenne hospitalized following chest pains this weekend Play Video

    October 10, 2016 11:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state's budget czar was hospitalized with chest pains this weekend, WBRZ learned Monday. Jay Dardenne, the Commissioner of Administration, said in a statement he was taken to the hospital Saturday. Doctors found he had blockages. Dardenne said when he woke up Saturday, he felt... more »
  • State meets with Red Cross over disaster response Monday

    October 3, 2016 3:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Members of the governor's office met with the Red Cross to discuss issues following the agency's response to the August flood. Marketa Garner Walters, the Secretary of the Department of Children and Family Services, was among those who attended the meeting. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards... more »
  • REAL ID license now available in La., after years of dispute

    October 3, 2016 1:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana residents can now get driver's licenses and identification cards that meet the standards of the federal REAL ID security law, after years of state refusal to follow the requirements. The Office of Motor Vehicles started issuing REAL ID-compliant licenses and ID cards Monday. The move... more »
  • $146 million paid so far in ongoing flood recovery

    October 3, 2016 12:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana has received $146 million in disaster assistance from FEMA, the federal government announced Monday. The funds are for the state to use to reimburse local entities for expenses related to response and recovery efforts as a result of August’s severe storms and floods. The... more »
  • WEB EXTRA: Bus rider moves so he won't have to ride CATS anymore

    September 29, 2016 3:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A former bus rider said Thursday he became so frustrated with spotty service on the taxpayer funded CATS, he moved. In the inner circles of the often-criticized management team of Capital Area Transit System leaders, Frank Lanasa might be widely disliked. Routinely, Lanasa sends emails to... more »
  • Congress clears stopgap spending bill, $500 million in flood aid

    September 28, 2016 10:28 PM

    WASHINGTON- Congress is sending President Barack Obama a bill to keep the government operating through Dec. 9 and provide $1.1 billion in long-delayed funding to battle the Zika virus as well as $500 million for Louisiana flood aid. The House cleared the measure by a 342-85 vote just hours after... more »
  • Ascension to begin aerial mosquito spraying

    September 28, 2016 3:38 PM

    GONZALES - Ascension Parish will begin spraying for mosquitoes from an airplane. Parish government announced Wednesday, aerial spraying will begin in the coming days. Flooding and subsequent rain storms have left pooling water that breed mosquitoes. The bugs are becoming a growing problem. Already, Baton Rouge has increased spraying... more »
  • Senate blocks stopgap bill to fund government

    September 27, 2016 8:28 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has blocked a spending bill needed to keep the government open beyond Friday's midnight deadline. Most Democrats and at least 10 Republicans voted to block the bill, which also funds the fight against the Zika virus. Democrats are demanding money to help Flint, Michigan, address its... more »
  • 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 »

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