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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • BP settlement money flows to governments in far-flung places

    August 20, 2015 3:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Clusters of municipalities more than 100 miles from the Gulf Coast have secured millions of dollars in BP money through settlements designed to compensate local governments for economic damage after the company's 2010 oil spill. This week, BP finished making approximately $687 million in settlement payments to... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • First neighborhood annexed away from City of St. George

    November 25, 2014 11:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Three-dozen homes in a small neighborhood were the first collection of houses accepted into the city limits in an effort to remove itself from possibly being in the city limits of the City of St. George Tuesday night. The Metro Council approved annexing the Legacy Court subdivision... more »
  • Senator talks about finding intruder in apartment

    November 24, 2014 11:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A state senator said he was puzzled about the state of a man who broke into his posh downtown apartment last week . Charles Johnson, 55, was arrested and charged with burglary, criminal damage to property and trespassing after an altercation with Senator Gerald Long and his... more »
  • State senator, wife find burglar in downtown apartment check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 21, 2014 10:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State Senator Gerald Long and his wife walked in on a suspected burglar inside their posh, selectively-awarded capital apartment Thursday night. According to documents obtained by WBRZ News 2, Long and his wife were surprised by Charles Johnson, 55, in the living room of their unit on... more »
  • HUD says less homeless in La., but some disagree

    November 4, 2014 5:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - According to U.S. Housing and Urban Development the number of homeless people in Louisiana has dramatically decreased. A recent study done by the government, said homelessness in the state has gone down more than 50 percent since 2010. The study also said that currently there are... more »
  • EBR in top 2 of early voting numbers

    October 29, 2014 10:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE- East Baton Rouge Parish ranked among the top two in early voting turnout for the last week. In EBR, 22,051 votes were cast early. Orleans Parish voters cast 23,149. Statewide, a little more than 230,000 voters cast a ballot early and most were Democrats. While... more »
  • Fire house, peddlers also focus of council meeting

    October 8, 2014 10:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE- City leaders decided on a series of items at Wednesday's Metro Council meeting. The council approved a transfer of an abandoned fire station on Laurel Street to the Mid City Redevelopment Alliance. The organization wants to renovate the Old Fire Station 1 into offices for the organization.... more »
  • EBR Metro Council defeats fairness ordinance 8-4

    August 13, 2014 3:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Metro Council members voted down a controversial fairness ordinance 8-4 Wednesday night after multiple meetings with impassioned pleas from both sides of the debate. The ordinance would have banned discrimination against gay, lesbian, and transgender people. Security had been increased at City Hall since Council... more »
  • Obama calls for new Iraqi government

    August 11, 2014 4:29 PM

    CHILMARK, MA - President Obama is giving his approval to the appointment of a prime minister to replace Nouri al-Maliki and urging the formation of a new government in Iraq as soon as possible. In brief remarks delivered at his vacation spot in Martha's Vineyard, Obama said he and Vice... more »
  • 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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

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