November 26, 2014 11:35 AM
BATON ROUGE - WBRZ celebrates the holidays again this year with its Lights Before Christmas Contest, going on now through Christmas Day. Each year this family favorite contest recognizes some of the best and brightest outdoor Christmas displays in the Baton Rouge area.
Contest participants will need to send... more »
November 25, 2014 5:19 PM
BATON ROUGE - With an estimated four million Americans taking to the skies to get to their destinations this holiday weekend, Baton Rouge travelers may be joining those who could be in for some travel turbulence along the way.
Thankfully for Thanksgiving, Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport spokesperson Jim Caldwell... more »
November 25, 2014 7:18 AM
BATON ROUGE - Thanksgiving signals the beginning of the holidays and is a time for joy and celebration, but it can also be a time for loss, anxiety and depression.
You can get help for the holiday blues at the Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center. Haley Shows joined John... more »
November 24, 2014 7:48 AM
BATON ROUGE - Everyone is getting prepared to serve Thanksgiving dinner, but not everyone knows where their food came from. In Louisiana, a lot of it comes from our own backyard.
This time of year, a lot of attention is given to the human treatment of animals. Kleinpeter Farms... more »
October 7, 2014 2:56 AM
NEW YORK - Americans are expected to spend at the highest rate in three years during what's traditionally the busiest shopping season of the year. But holiday shoppers will still want fat discounts, and experts cite a sharp divide between the haves and have nots in an uneven economic recovery.... more »
October 3, 2014 4:47 AM
JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli police are on high alert to avert possible clashes as Jews and Muslims observe their faith's major holidays of Yom Kippur and Eid al-Adha, which overlap this year. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri says reinforced police contingents are deployed across Israel. There are large Muslim minorities in... more »
July 15, 2014 10:19 AM
BATON ROUGE - Most retail purchases in Louisiana will be exempt from the 4 percent state sales tax on Aug. 1 and Aug. 2. The 2014 Louisiana Annual Sales Tax Holiday exempts the first $2,500 of the purchase price of each eligible item for non-business use when the customer buys... more »
July 3, 2014 9:20 AM
BATON ROUGE - A busy weekend of holiday travel is now underway.
An estimated 41 million Americans will getaway for the Independence Day weekend, but many people won't be satisfied with a three day weekend. A lot of families are stretching out the holiday and hitting the road today.... more »
May 22, 2014 5:38 PM
BATON ROUGE - The state sales tax holiday will save shoppers money on hurricane preparedness items.
Hurricane season starts June 1. The state sales tax will not apply to certain supplies including batteries, phone chargers, carbon monoxide detectors and tarps May 24-25. Shoppers can go out early to pick... more »
May 12, 2014 3:11 AM
BATON ROUGE - State revenue officials say purchases of flashlights, batteries, portable generators and other emergency supplies are free from Louisiana's 4 percent state sales tax May 24-25. The Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday gives residents a chance to prepare for storm season, which begins June 1. The sales... more »
December 26, 2013 8:53 AM
BATON ROUGE - Holly Clegg is back with JP for another edition of Holly's Holiday Countdown. Holly makes a Harvest Turkey salad. It's a creative and delicious way to get rid of those holiday leftovers. more »
December 23, 2013 5:15 PM
BATON ROUGE - Local companies are getting behind the wheel this Christmas, so others won't drink and drive.
Roadrunner Towing says they'll have eight people on hand for the holidays. They're towing drivers and the vehicles home for free.
Roadrunner is available starting Christmas Eve, through New Year's... more »
December 20, 2013 7:46 AM
BATON ROUGE - Holly Clegg is back one again for her holiday countdown. She joined JP in the kitchen to whip up two more dishes that are perfect for the holiday season.
Mildly Mexican Breakfast Bake
This overnight sensation with bright colors and bold flavors will wake up... more »
December 18, 2013 8:02 AM
BATON ROUGE - J.T. Lane from the Department of Health and Hospitals tells you how to have a healthy holiday season.
Here are some additional tips to be healthy during the holidays:
1) Choose fruit for dessert instead of traditional sweets.
2) Drink water instead of sugar... more »
December 17, 2013 6:26 PM
BATON ROUGE - A little girl's wish to have her father home for Christmas came true today in Baton Rouge.
Madison Davis and her classmates at St. Jean Vianney wrote letters to the troops in Kuwait. What the class didn't know was that Madison's father, Master Sergeant Dean Davis,... more »
December 17, 2013 4:39 PM
BATON ROUGE - Fashion blogger Jennifer Palpallotoc talked about some different holiday looks today on WBRZ News 2 at 4.
Palpallotoc talked about three different looks: the Christmas party, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve. She also paired each outfit with a gift, like a bottle of champagne for... more »
December 16, 2013 10:32 AM
BATON ROUGE- Dozens of Louisiana families will be getting their Christmas present early this year. Their loved ones are coming home.
After a flight delay, members of the Louisiana National Guard touched down Monday in Baton Rouge. They spent the last year in Kuwait.
Family and friends were... more »
December 12, 2013 9:24 AM
BATON ROUGE - Holly Clegg is back with JP to tell you how to throw the perfect dessert party as part of Holly's Holiday Countdown.
Holly has quick and easy dessert ideas for the holidays. She prepares berry triffle with chocolate sauce, a coffee bar and homemade snack mix.... more »
December 10, 2013 3:32 PM
BATON ROUGE - Etiquette expert Marthanne Calvi stopped by News to at 4 to talk about holiday manners.
Calvi expressed the importance of writing a thank you note after you recieve a present. She said it is never ok to thank someone for money. Always say, thank you for... more »
December 3, 2013 6:34 AM
CHICAGO- Jrue Holiday made a three-point play with 2.6 seconds remaining in the third overtime Monday night, giving the New Orleans Pelicans a 131-128 victory over the Chicago Bulls. Holiday had 19 points and 12 assists for the Pelicans. He made an 18-footer with 3.9 seconds remaining in regulation to... more »
December 2, 2013 10:07 AM
NEW YORK- It's the day of the online deal. Millions of shoppers are expected to click on items on Monday as retailers rev up deals to grab online holiday shopping dollars on the first working day after the busy holiday weekend. But this year so-called Cyber Monday seems to have... more »
November 28, 2013 9:16 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - The family behind a popular holiday tradition in Livingston Parish is relocating leaving many wondering about the future of the Messangers Christmas Wonderland.
Clyde and Karen Messenger's family have been constructing the display at their home on Plantantion Avenue since 1964. It features more than 60,000... more »
November 27, 2013 3:56 PM
BATON ROUGE - For folks who aren't kitchen savvy or maybe don't want to tackle the task of cooking this Thanksgiving, Bellue's Fine Cajun Cuisine has the solution.
You can have turkey, ham and all the fixing's ready to serve in under 30 minutes. Bellue's offers multiple entrees and... more »
November 20, 2013 5:35 PM
BATON ROUGE - It will cost more to put oyster dressing on your plate this holiday season with oyster prices increasing during a shortage.
Bill Pizzolato with Tony's Seafood says prices have increased by around 20 percent in the past few weeks due to a shortage in Louisiana waters.... more »
November 20, 2013 4:44 PM
BATON ROUGE - Chef KD whipped up his pecan praline cheesecake today on News 2 at 4.
He said it's a perfect way to please your guests over the holidays.
If you'd like to contact Chef KD for full recipes or with other cooking questions, send him an... more »
September 5, 2013 10:33 AM
BATON ROUGE - Retailers are gearing up for Louisiana's annual Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday, which starts this weekend.
Consumers will not have to pay state sales tax on guns, ammunition, or hunting supplies purchased Friday, Sept. 6 through Sunday, Sept. 8.
For a complete list of what... more »
July 2, 2013 12:40 PM
BATON ROUGE - State police will have an increased number of troopers on patrol this week and throughout the Fourth of July holiday. Officials say this extra allocation in manpower is made possible by funding provided by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission. Troopers will be targeting aggressive drivers, impaired drivers,... more »
July 1, 2013 9:30 PM
BATON ROUGE - Local and State Police promise to be out in full force to catch people driving drunk this holiday weekend.
"We know individuals are out there driving irresponsibly," said Baton Rouge Police Sgt. L'Jean McKneely.
Starting Tuesday night through the Fourth of July weekend, the department... more »
May 23, 2013 2:44 PM
BATON ROUGE - This weekend is Louisiana's annual Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday.
Starting Saturday and ending this Sunday, you won't have to pay the 4 percent state sales tax on certain items.
Since hurricane season doesn't officially start until June, it gives you a chance to stock... more »
May 23, 2013 10:27 AM
BATON ROUGE - People getting ready for hurricane season will get a break if they buy supplies this weekend.
The annual Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday runs Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26.
On those days state sales tax will be waived on the first $1,500 of... more »
May 22, 2013 9:59 AM
NEW YORK - It's going to be another busy Memorial Day weekend on the nation's highways.
During Thursday and Monday, 31.2 million Americans will drive 50 miles or more to a beach, campground or other getaway, according to car lobbying group AAA.
That's a small increase from last... more »
May 20, 2013 7:52 AM
LAFAYETTE - Shoppers can prepare for the hurricane season while saving some pennies during the state's Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday.
The 2013 sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. May 25 and ends at 11:59 p.m. May 26.
Louisiana law spares those shopping for hurricane-related purchases from... more »
April 17, 2013 9:00 AM
ANKARA, Turkey- An American tourist who collected stones during a beach holiday with his wife was briefly detained in Turkey and faces trial for attempting to smuggle historical artifacts. Jason Dement told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he was taken into custody by security officials at an airport near... more »
March 29, 2013 9:09 AM
BATON ROUGE - Most Louisiana state offices are shut down for the Good Friday holiday.
The Friday holiday is a legal day of rest in state law.
Some legislative employees may be working, however, since Friday is the final day for bills to be pre-filed for the regular... more »
January 17, 2013 3:19 PM
BATON ROUGE - Here are a list of local MLK events going on around the area. If you'd like your event listed, submit it on our Community Calendar or email News@WBRZ.com.
Jan. 21: The West Baton Rouge Museum will be open in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.... more »
January 4, 2013 3:13 PM
WASHINGTON - The U.S. job market proved resilient in December despite fears that the economy would tumble over the fiscal cliff. The Labor Department reports employers added 155,000 jobs, roughly matching the solid but unspectacular monthly pace of the past two years. The gains were not enough to reduce unemployment... more »
January 4, 2013 3:06 PM
BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Dec. 29 fell from the previous week's total, mainly because the Christmas holidays cut a day from the work week. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,505 from the... more »
January 3, 2013 4:25 PM
RESTON, Va. - A report released Thursday says holiday shoppers spent $42.3 billion online in November and December, 14 percent more than in the same months a year ago. ComScore found that shoppers started the holiday season strong in November but a dip in consumer confidence hurt early December sales.... more »
January 3, 2013 12:18 PM
KENNER, La. - There were no reports of serious injuries, but a vehicle was damaged and several holiday decorations were mowed down in the front yard of a Kenner home when a disturbance broke out at a New Year's Eve house party. Kenner police said it happened around 2 a.m.... more »
January 3, 2013 10:13 AM
ST. LOUIS - Holiday storms that pounded much of the nation with snow and rain did little to ease the overall grip of the worst U.S. drought in decades. The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday shows that about 61 percent of the continental U.S. remained in some form... more »
December 26, 2012 6:15 AM
WASHINGTON - U.S. shoppers spent cautiously this holiday season, a disappointment for retailers who slashed prices to lure people into stores and now must hope for a post-Christmas burst of spending.
Sales of electronics, clothing, jewelry and home goods in the two months before Christmas increased 0.7 percent compared... more »
December 19, 2012 12:52 PM
BATON ROUGE - Performer and Baton Rouge native Jamie Wax returns this weekend to the stage he first performed his original one-man Christmas show, "A Gift for Lyman Bourke."
Wax premiered the show 20 years ago at the Baton Rouge Little Theater, and now brings the holiday comedy back... more »
December 12, 2012 1:41 PM
WASHINGTON - Talks between the White House and House Speaker John Boehner on a deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff" continue out of the public eye. But public statements from lawmakers suggest a deal is not close. Boehner himself says "serious differences" remain between him and President Barack Obama. The... more »
December 11, 2012 6:18 PM
PORTLAND, Ore. - Authorities say three people are dead, including the shooter, after a mass shooting at a packed Oregon mall. The shooting happened at the Clackamas Town Center, which was packed with holiday shoppers according to law enforcement.
Officers have been going store-to-store at the Clackamas Town Center... more »
December 5, 2012 4:12 PM
BATON ROUGE - Workers at the Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center say despite the stress, pressure brought and other strong emotions brought on the holidays, they don't get more calls than usual during this time of year.
Medical experts say there's no data to support the idea of the... more »
December 3, 2012 4:06 PM
ANGOLA- Inmates at the state's maximum security prison are working overtime to fill all the orders on Santa's list before Christmas.
It's a tradition every year that gets inmates working on their down time to make toys and fix bikes for needy children.
"They are elves," said Tom... more »
November 30, 2012 5:25 PM
BATON ROUGE - In addition to providing free meals and clothes, St. Vincent de Paul helps pay for utilities, rent and even prescription drugs, but only for those truly in need.
"There's only so much dollars for helping to prevent homelessness or to avoid eviction," says Micheal Acaldo, St.... more »
November 29, 2012 5:14 PM
BATON ROUGE- Some people too busy to decorate are finding more holiday cheer by hiring help to spruce up their home for the holidays. For around $300 you can kick back and sip cocoa as workers set up your lights. Some are college students looking for extra cash, while others... more »
November 27, 2012 9:41 PM
CENTRAL- People can expect to see an extra show-of-force this holiday season.
Tuesday night, Police Chief Doug Browning update city leaders on his annual plan to hire off duty officers from area departments to police the streets during the busy holiday shopping season.
A mix of paid on-duty... more »
November 27, 2012 5:27 PM
BATON ROUGE - A Christmas tree can bust into flames within seconds, if safety precautions are not taken this holiday season.
Real or fake, homes around the country catch fire every year because of dry trees or electrical problems in a home.
This holiday season, be sure to... more »
November 26, 2012 2:17 PM
NEW YORK - Cyber Monday appears on track to becoming the biggest online shopping day ever, and web traffic isn't expected to peak for another several hours. IBM Benchmark says, as of noon Eastern time, sales were up more than 24 percent compared with last year. And ComScore says nearly... more »
November 26, 2012 10:14 AM
BATON ROUGE - WBRZ News 2 Louisiana will kick off the 2012 holiday season in the Baton Rouge area with its annual "Lights Before Christmas" Contest.
"Lights Before Christmas" recognizes the area's most spirited and decorative homes of the season.Viewers can nominate homes beginning Monday, November 26th through Wednesday,... more »
November 22, 2012 8:35 PM
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Despite the flood around the holidays, annual catalog circulation by retailers has actually dipped substantially because of a postage increase, a weak economy and more shoppers making purchases online. Marketers say nearly a third fewer catalogs are mailed than four years ago. L.L. Bean is among... more »
November 22, 2012 11:13 AM
BATON ROUGE- State government employees are getting a long Thanksgiving weekend, with offices closed Friday in a holiday that commemorates Louisiana's Cajun heritage. Gov. Bobby Jindal has continued the annual tradition of designating Friday as Acadian Day, which remembers the arrival in Louisiana of the Acadians, many of whom settled... more »
November 21, 2012 9:56 PM
BATON ROUGE- Still more than 24 hours before sales were available, a small group of people gathered outside an electronics store to be the first to get the deals.
A few were outside the Best Buy near the Mall of Louisiana. The store doesn't open until midnight Friday morning.... more »
November 20, 2012 4:03 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Grocers and a leading oyster processor in Louisiana say supplies for holiday tables appear to be ample this year, but the news is not all good. The state Wildlife and Fisheries Department said late Tuesday that commercial oyster harvests east of the Mississippi River are at historic... more »
November 19, 2012 5:37 PM
BATON ROUGE - If you're looking for some great desserts for the holidays, here's a couple of easy ones you can try. Chef Christine at the Louisiana Culinary Institute showed News 2's Rosa Flores how to make Pecan Coconut Macaroons, and Pecan Delight Cake Squares.
You can find out... more »
October 30, 2012 5:06 PM
BATON ROUGE - Today on News 2 at 4, Chef KD stopped by for another edition of Tasty Tuesday.
He showed us how to make a delicious sweet potato casserole, just in time for the holiday season.
If you want the full recipe or have any questions about... more »
May 7, 2012 6:15 AM
BATON ROUGE - Stocking up on flashlights, batteries and other items to get ready for hurricane season this summer? You might want to wait until May 26 and 27, when the state holds a sales tax holiday for hurricane preparedness items. That weekend, Louisiana residents won't have to pay the... more »
April 6, 2012 10:04 AM
BATON ROUGE - Crawfish lovers are flocking to seafood stores searching for their favorite Easter treat, Louisiana mudbugs.
The crimson crustacean is an Easter tradition for many people observing the weekend with family.
Retailers say this weekend is one of the busiest for crawfish.
Look for more... more »
December 30, 2011 4:11 PM
METAIRIE - Saints running back Pierre Thomas has been fined $12,500 for a uniform violation and a touchdown celebration in which he placed a bow on a football and gave it to a fan. The fine for the celebration is $7,500. Thomas also violated NFL policies by wearing Christmas-themed green... more »
December 23, 2011 5:54 PM
BATON ROUGE - Police say holiday partygoers who are planning on drinking this weekend, better choose a designated driver or they'll be arrested for drinking and driving.
Police are increasing patrols Saturday and Sunday to make DWI arrests and prevent accidents.
Last year, there were 67 deadly crashes... more »
December 14, 2011 5:04 PM
BATON ROUGE - A recent consumer report says two out of three shoppers will end up in debt because of holiday spending. But experts say making a plan and sticking to it can keep you out of that statistic.
Certified financial planner, Chad Olivier, says shoppers need to set... more »
November 28, 2011 5:53 PM
ZACHARY- Zachary Police are looking for a man who robbed the Payless Shoe Store on Main Street Saturday.
The crime was caught by a surveillance camera. Witnesses say the suspect held up his jacket and showed the employee a gun in his waistband. The say he left the store... more »
November 24, 2011 5:51 PM
BATON ROUGE - 1,500 hungry folks packed the River Center Thursday morning for the Thanksgiving meal, provided by Holiday Helpers. That's the highest number the organization has seen since it first began serving lunch in 1987.
25 years later, and the meal is still the same: turkey, ham, cornbread... more »
November 22, 2011 2:10 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. - Approximately 120 Louisiana National Guard Soldiers from the 415th Military Intelligence Battalion are scheduled to return home from a 365-day deployment to the Gillis W. Long Center in Carville on Wednesday.
The soldiers, headquartered in Carville, were deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring... more »
July 18, 2011 3:05 AM
BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's annual sales tax holiday is scheduled for Aug. 5-6. During those two days, the first $2,500 of the purchase price of eligible items is exempt from the 4 percent sales tax. The items are largely for personal, non-business use. Vehicle purchases aren't covered by the holiday. Neither... more »
May 23, 2011 7:03 AM
The 2011 Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday will be May 28 and May 29.
In this two-day period, state sales tax will not be collected on the first $1,500 of storm supplies. For a list of the items that qualify, visit the Louisiana Department of Revenue's website . more »
January 18, 2011 3:30 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Relatives of an eastern New Orleans couple shot to death over the holiday weekend say their 5-year-old son was in the house when it happened. The parents have been identified as 36-year-old Kenan Breaud and 32-year-old Felicia Hughes. Police said drugs were found in the home where... more »
December 30, 2010 10:45 PM
LIVINGSTON - If you're hitting the road after hitting the bar this holiday weekend, be sure to have a designated driver. State law enforcement agencies have more resources to stop drunk drivers this year. In the first wave of their holiday enforcement Thursday night, Livingston Parish deputies arrested at least... more »
December 25, 2010 9:30 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - With a rare Christmas snowfall descending on the Southeast and likely headed for the Mid-Atlantic, airlines canceled hundreds of flights and urged travelers to rethink their plans, while travel authorities warned of potentially dangerous roads. After blanketing parts of the Midwest and hampering motorists there on Christmas... more »
December 22, 2010 2:21 PM
CHICAGO - Holiday shoppers are racing to the end of the season at a more feverish pace this year, with retail revenue up 5.5 percent during the last weekend before Christmas. The figure, released by ShopperTrak on Wednesday, is a drastic improvement from a year ago, when revenue dropped 6.2... more »
December 16, 2010 5:22 PM
BATON ROUGE - Law enforcement in the Capitol City has new airborne weapons to fight holiday crimes.
The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office rolls out a surveillance tower to different popular holiday shopping areas across the parish every night.
The Baton Rouge Police Department has been putting its... more »
November 29, 2010 2:52 PM
BATON ROUGE – People choosing not to use seat belts or driving while impaired were common factors in six fatal crashes across the state during the holiday weekend, according to State Police. That number is down from last Thanksgiving, when State Police worked eight fatal crashes the resulted in 16... more »
November 28, 2010 7:17 PM
BATON ROUGE- As the busy shopping season gets underway, more people are hitting the malls to pick up presents for Christmas, which means more criminals are looking to take advantage of unsuspecting shoppers. The folks at Cortana Mall beefed up security patrols and offered tips to customers to keep them... more »
November 27, 2010 1:44 PM
BATON ROUGE - Many Americans are determined not to let higher gas be the Grinch that spoils their holiday spending plans. Gas prices on average have risen about 17 cents since Labor Day to $2.86 per gallon because of rising oil prices. By one analyst's estimate, that means Americans are... more »
November 27, 2010 1:33 PM
NEW YORK - Retailers are calling it an encouraging sign for the holiday shopping season. They say many customers are not just buying gifts for family and friends, they're buying things for themselves too. While there aren't many sales figures yet for Black Friday, crowds were large. Meanwhile, shoppers who... more »
November 25, 2010 12:27 PM
CHICAGO - Experts say Black Friday shoppers should remember their budgets before they head out the door with their credit cards and holiday lists. Consumers Reports say shoppers can end up taking a year to pay for all the spending. It says more than 13 million people are still paying... more »
November 19, 2010 5:47 PM
CHICAGO - As if air travel over the Thanksgiving holiday isn't tough enough, it could be even worse this year: Airports might see even more disruptions because of a loosely organized Internet boycott of full-body scans. Even if only a small percentage of passengers participate, experts say it could mean... more »
October 29, 2010 9:52 PM
Some families in Livingston Parish are trying to decide what day to take children trick-or-treating. The parish, and some cities in it, have split on when to hold the holiday since it falls on Sunday.
Children News 2 talked to said they are excited to get three days of... more »