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  • Auditor: Spending disciplined in Ascension Parish

    June 27, 2014 6:29 AM

    GONZALES- Fueled by record collections of sales and property taxes buoyed by growth in the industrial sector in 2013, a newly released financial audit finds Ascension Parish government cut its debts by $10 million and boosted its net worth to $152.5 million. The costs of primary government rose $4.5 million... more »
  • Baker backs away from party law, suggests resolution instead

    June 9, 2014 8:38 PM

    BAKER- City leaders scrapped a plan for an ordinance that would have required a special permit before certain venues can host birthday parties or similar events for teenagers. Instead, city council members decided on writing a resolution to encourage businesses to follow a list of suggested ways to make events... more »
  • More signatures gathered to make Watson a city

    May 19, 2014 10:53 PM

    WATSON- Organizers of a drive to incorporate this unincorporated area of Livingston Parish told people who gathered to hear an update on the campaign Monday night, canvassers have gathered half of the required signatures to get the issue on a ballot. The effort, which failed 15 years ago, is... more »
  • Baker gets serious about crime, sagging pants and a planned dump

    April 22, 2014 10:38 PM

    BAKER- City leaders discussed a series of important issues that have become talking point among people in all parts of the capital region. Tuesday night, violent crime, sagging pants and an unwanted landfill were discussed at the city council meeting. Parents were encouraged to talk to their kids... more »
  • The Deedy Slaughter story: how we got to Saturday's vote Play Video

    April 5, 2014 10:52 PM

    PORT ALLEN- Saturday's election that booted Deedy Slaughter from a municipal position for some time was the culmination from a nearly 14-month ordeal that began when the WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit uncovered questions about a trip Slaughter took to Washington, D.C. Slaughter used city money to pay for... more »
  • New mayor, chief elected in Central

    April 5, 2014 10:46 PM

    CENTRAL- Voters elected a new mayor and police chief and began to fill their town council during an election Saturday. "Jr." Shelton was elected mayor with 59% of the vote and James Salsbury was elected chief with 52% of the vote. About 7600 people cast a ballot. "Shane"... more »
  • Review results from all elections here

    April 5, 2014 5:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A number of communities decided on city leaders and taxes Saturday. Polls closed at 8 p.m. and you can get preliminary results HERE . In East Baton Rouge, voters decided on municipal elections in Central where a new mayor and police chief were being elected along... more »
  • House bill calls for list of each abortion

    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 »
  • Edwards: No decision on Congressional run

    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 »
  • City leaders delay decision on temporary police chief

    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 »
  • Some of the worst roads could be repaired in weeks

    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 »
  • In growing town debacle, ethics board visits city hall

    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 »
  • Parish-wide fire chief appointed

    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 »
  • Not everyone will get relief from rising flood rates

    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 »
  • On common ground, leaders finally figure out budget

    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 »
  • City establishes peddling committee

    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 »
  • Record turnout recalls Port Allen mayor Play Video

    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 »
  • Port Allen mayor RECALLED!

    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 »
  • It's election day!

    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 »
  • Two Republicans to face off in runoff for Congress

    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 »
  • First-ever candidates ready for change Play Video

    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 »
  • Editors: La. most corrupt state

    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 »
  • Homemade baked goods, texting and guns part of new laws Thursday

    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 »
  • At tense meeting, board puts brakes on CATS changes

    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 »
  • City leaders plan CATS coup

    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 »
  • Police jury sets election for parish president post Play Video

    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 »
  • No new funds needed for Okla. tornado recovery

    May 21, 2013 3:05 PM

    WASHINGTON - Top lawmakers and officials say the federal government has plenty of money on hand to pay for recovery efforts in the devastating tornado that struck Oklahoma. The government has more than $11 billion in its main disaster relief fund. Recovery costs in Moore, Okla., are expected to be... more »
  • BRPD chief fired shortly after public appearance Play Video

    February 6, 2013 1:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Police Chief Dewayne White was fired from his position as the city's top police officer Wednesday. White told News 2 he received a letter around noon from city Chief Administrative Officer William Daniel that there was a "substantial disagreement with the direction of the Baton Rouge Police... more »
  • Metro Council to meet for the last time with current members tonight

    December 12, 2012 2:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Four of the twelve elected members of Metro Council will be making their last decisions of their council career tonight. Wednesday's meeting is also the last regular council meeting of the year. "Bones" Addison, Mike Walker, Alison Gary, and "Smokie" Bourgeois won't return to the council next... more »
  • Leaders push for morgue in Livingston

    November 3, 2012 10:56 AM

    LIVINGSTON (AP) - Elected officials in Livingston Parish are calling for the parish to establish a morgue after a fetus important to a criminal case was cremated before an autopsy could be performed. In the meantime, Coroner Dr. Ron Coe said he has arranged to use Tangipahoa Parish's morgue, rather... more »
  • Residents propose making Prairieville a city

    October 22, 2012 6:31 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE- A proposal to incorporate a section of Ascension Parish into a city government could one day come to a vote. The proposal would incorporate the Prairieville area into a city, allowing the newly formed government to collect sales taxes and millages. "Incorporating Prairieville gives the local community... more »
  • Cubans welcome easing of exit visa requirement

    October 16, 2012 2:28 PM

    HAVANA - Cubans on the streets of Havana are expressing delight and astonishment over the government's decision to end its exit visa requirement. For the first time in more than a half-century, Cubans who want to travel overseas will only need to show a passport and a visa from the... more »
  • Gov. Jindal announces changes to his office staff

    October 12, 2012 4:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The staff reshuffling continues in Gov. Bobby Jindal's office, after the exit of the governor's chief of staff shifted people to different jobs in the administration. Jindal announced Friday that Taylor Teepell will work as deputy chief of staff; Matt Parker will be legislative affairs director; and... more »
  • Ala., Louisiana suing feds over drilling royalties

    September 6, 2012 2:28 PM

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - A federal judge has combined lawsuits brought by two Gulf Coast states against the federal government over millions in offshore drilling royalties. Alabama's suit says $7.5 million is at stake and Louisiana's says $2.8 million. U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton in Washington combined the two suits last... more »
  • UN chief says UN monitors shot at

    June 7, 2012 3:24 PM

    BEIRUT - Activists in Syria are accusing government forces of carrying out a new massacre -- this time, killing nearly 80 people, including women and children. They say the victims were shot, hacked to death and burned in their homes. The report comes weeks after more than 100 people were... more »
  • Governments ran up questionable bills

    April 12, 2011 11:32 AM

  • Orleans clinics to stay open

    September 23, 2010 5:43 AM

    A partnership between state, federal and local governments will ensure that a network of community primary care health clinics will remain open in New Orleans. Low-income and uninsured residents will continue to have access to the clinics - regardless of their ability to pay - under a waiver negotiated by... more »
  • Auditor models oil spill form on FEMA forms

    June 30, 2010 6:04 AM

    The Louisiana Legislative Auditor has created a standardized set of forms that local governments can use to seek reimbursement for their spill response and cleanup efforts from BP PLC. The forms are modeled after FEMA paperwork that local governments fill out to get reimbursed for their hurricane response efforts. The... more »
  • Study shows costs of litter

    May 18, 2010 5:12 AM

    A study done for "Keep Louisiana Beautiful" says state and local governments in Louisiana spend an estimated $40 million a year to clean up litter. Keep Louisiana Beautiful says litter is an avoidable and costly problem for taxpayers. The survey found that one-third of the cost of roadside mowing involves... more »

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